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Save The Date: 5K Race and Family Fun Run 11/11/2018

Please save the date for Women Aware’s first annual “Moving Beyond Abuse” 5K Race and Fun Run. Teams are encouraged to sign-up to run or walk together. All proceeds will benefit survivors moving beyond abuse at Women Aware. Stay tuned for more details on registration and sponsorship. Inquiries can be sent to korlemanski@womenaware.net.

Celebration of Patricia Whitehouse

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE–On Wednesday May 16th, the Mayor of Gladstone joined councilpersons, woman’s club members, and various other community leaders to celebrate Patricia Whitehouse at the annual dinner of the Peapack-Gladstone Woman’s Club held at Il Monello.

Women Aware’s Executive Director Phyllis Adams commended Patty’s service to the community and noted, “Patty’s commitment and dedication is evident to all.”

Patty has been involved with Women Aware since 2010. Currently, she is an active member of the Women Aware, Inc. Board of Directors, serving as its Board Secretary. Patty, a retired Chubb and Son Vice President, is also a certified executive and life coach. Patty has been a community service volunteer for many years. Currently, Patty is the President of the Peapack-Gladstone Woman’s Club, Treasurer of the Highlands District Past Presidents Club and Treasurer of the GFWC/NJSFWC Past State Presidents Club. She served on the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) Board of Directors as its Communications and Public Relations Committee Chairman (2012-2014) and in her role as the President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (2010-2012). In 2012, Patty was named a Garden State Woman of the Year for Women’s Initiatives in the non-profit arena and received the GFWC Charlotte Emerson Brown Award for Excellence in State Leadership. Patty and Bill, a retired executive from Kraft/Nabisco Foods, have been happily married for almost 48 years.


Creative Art Therapy Activities at Rutgers Day

NEW BRUNSWICK – On Saturday April 28th, Women Aware participated in the 2018 Rutgers Day, a statewide event celebrating the University.

Visitors to our table wrote positive messages of support forming a Community Mural for survivors. This type of activity is used in Women Aware’s creative art therapy program for child witnesses of domestic violence. The technique creates a sense of belonging and care for the more than 400 children moving beyond abuse at Women Aware annually.

At the close of Rutgers Day, our mural was filled with over 100 messages of support and care.

Women Aware Honors Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Denim Day

MIDDLESEX COUNTY–On Wednesday April 25th Women Aware staff participated in Peace Over Violence’s #DenimDay in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.

The annual Denim Day campaign “was originally triggered when a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.”

Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

100 Bags Donated to Children in Crisis at Women Aware

The Bag Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing every child in crisis with necessities and comfort items, donated nearly 100 bags to children at our shelter. These bags contain everything from toiletries and blankets to stuffed animals and children’s books. Thanks to The Bag Project, children in our shelter have a more tools to build comfort and security. Are you interested in giving to survivors of domestic violence and their children? Visit our Donate Page.

Woman Aware Chosen as the Recipient for the Woodbridge Max Day of Giving

WOODBRIDGE– This year, The MAX Challenge of Woodbridge selected Women Aware as the beneficiary for their annual Max Day of Giving. The MAX Challenge partnered with International Marital Arts and Damsel in Defense to host a Self-Defense class. All fundraising  proceeds will directly support Women Aware. Are you interested in hosting a day for Women Aware? Visit our Get Involved page.

Women Aware Supports Partner Domestic Violence Foundation

PERTH AMBOY—On Sunday April 15th, Women Aware attended the launch of the Renee J. Bradley Foundation dedicated to preventing domestic violence through youth outreach and education. Renee was tragically murdered by her boyfriend in 2006, and the eponymous foundation was established by her son Siyan Bradley. Women Aware is proud to support the efforts of the Foundation as we work to move beyond abuse. To learn more, visit http://reneejbradleyfoundation.org.

Mourning Victims of Violence

Women Aware offers our deepest condolences to the community of Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died Wednesday in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

54% of mass shootings in the U.S. are related to domestic violence, and the presence of a gun in cases of domestic violence increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. Together with your support, Women Aware will continue supporting victims of violence, their families, and communities.

Sansone Foundation Donates to Women Aware


Paul Sansone Sr. of Sansone Automall presented a $10,000 check to Women Aware on Tuesday on behalf of the Sansone Foundation.

“All of my life, I have been working to make life easier and better for people,” says Mr. Sansone. “People know me for being in the car business, but in reality, I’m in the people business.”

After discussing the services that the funding will provide for victims of domestic violence, Women Aware’s Executive Director Phyllis Adams noted, “The world needs more men like Mr. Sansone.”

Pictured: Mr. Sansone Sr. and Women Aware Executive Director Phyllis Adams

Is your business interested in giving back? Contact Katie Orlemanski at korlemanski@womenaware.net or click here to make your donation online today. 

Holiday Gift Shop for Families Moving Beyond Abuse

NEW BRUNSWICK–Friends of Women Aware gathered to kick off our annual Holiday Gift Shop for families moving beyond abuse. The room was filled with toys donated by wonderful community members, and guests hung ornaments made by survivors and their children

Thank you Sheriff Mildred Scott from the Sheriff’s Office Middlesex County, Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and many more of our Board, Donors, and Partners for your support.

For a full photo gallery click here.

Pictured: Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, a volunteer and supporter of Women Aware since 1995, hangs a client ornament