Teen Dating Abuse

The NCJW/Essex Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Project (TDAA) is a multi-media presentation for high school students as well as a community awareness program. The goal of TDAA is to educate teens early to avoid domestic violence in the future.

The high school program includes:

  • Identifying the warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • Providing strategies for teens to leave an abusive relationship and ways a friend can offer support and assistance
  • Stopping the Cycle of Violence
  • Resources for getting help
  • Encouraging healthy relationships

We also present community and parent workshops to raise awareness about teen relationship abuse. The TDAA parent workshop discusses how to identify the physical and virtual red flags of abuse, how to start a non-judgmental dialogue with children, and how to help teens safely leave an unhealthy relationship. Civic organizations, religious groups or community agencies can reach out to the TDAA Project for a free  presentation at your location.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, (973) 994-4994.
You can also email us at: centerforwomen@ncjwessex.org.

If you are in an abusive relationship, the following resources are available to assist you:

Call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:

1 (866) 331-9474 or
1 (866) 331-8453 (TTY)
Text LOVEIS to: 22522

Rachel Coalition (services for abused women):

(973) 740-1233

JFS of MetroWest:

(973) 765-9050
All calls are kept confidential.

Legal Assistance

The Legal Assistance for Women program (LAW) provides women who have legal issues a consultation with an attorney for a nominal fee of $12 (inquire about fee reduction). One-time, individual consultations are confidential and tailored to suit your special needs. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Our onsite consultations deal with family law only, but telephone consultations can be arranged to address elder law concerns. Call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information.

Scheduling a Consultation

The primary purpose of a LAW consultation is to provide direction as to how to access the legal system. More specifically, an attorney may answer questions about:

  • The law as it applies to your situation.
  • The validity of your particular problem.
  • Whether or not it would be advisable for you to retain counsel and/or where to go if you cannot afford an attorney.

Your visit with an attorney should be viewed as an initial step toward addressing your concerns. This ONE-TIME ONLY consultation may not be able to provide you with a resolution to your particular problem.

LAW is a service that affords you client confidentiality. Only you, the client, can be admitted to the building and to the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at the time of your appointment. No children or adults will be admitted along with you, unless they are serving as a translator or facilitator of information relating to your case.

Click below for an application to request a LAW Consultation or call (973) 994-4994. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment after your application is received.

LAW provides clients with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney to determine how to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, fill out the form below and click on the submit button.


This fee which is non-refundable and non-transferable, is to reserve a one-half hour consultation. It is a ONE TIME ONLY consultation. Upon receipt of this form, we will call you to schedule an appointment.

Details Price Qty
Register for LAWshow details + $12.00 (USD)  

RISE Institute

Life in transition? What now? The RISE Institute – Reaching Into Self Empowerment – can help you figure out the next steps.

Led by trained staff and volunteers, RISE-6 and RISE-Workshops are ideal for women who are:

  • In transition
  • Learning to build confidence and overcome obstacles
  • Adjusting to an empty nest
  • Contemplating a life change
  • Seeking re-entry into the workforce
  • Looking to increase their self-esteem

As a RISE participant, you will:

  • Learn how to achieve your goals of employment, economic self-sufficiency, or healthy relationships
  • Improve your coping skills
  • Tap into your talent
  • Gain strength from past experiences
  • Learn how to make healthy decisions
  • Recognize and extinguish self-defeating thoughts
  • Silence your inner critic

RISE Workshops – single session workshops
Single session workshops are offered throughout the year.

Time to think about you!  Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 RISE workshops to help you manage fears, improve self esteem, and focus on self care


All workshops held virtually via Zoom from 10 a.m to noon

Thursday, October 15:
Transforming Fears: Learn to identify and overcome fears and obstacles that are holding you back
Thursday, October 22:
Positive Affirmations: Identify your positive traits and become your own cheerleader
Thursday, October 29:
You First: Self Care to increase Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

Registration is required for all RISE Programs
To enroll or for more information, email Kathy Murphy, Case Manager kmurphy@ncjwessex.org.

Office Volunteers

The NCJW/Essex Center for Women began in 1981 and serves the community as a nonsectarian center for women in Essex County and the surrounding areas. The Center for Women is funded by NCJW/Essex and is a grantee of the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Division on Women.

NCJW/Essex has been at the forefront of social change — championing the needs of women, children, and families — while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.

We offer career services, computer classes, workshops for women and support programs for women and children.

  • Learn the skills you need to enter the workplace.
  • Find the encouragement to cope with a new or unexpected life situation.
  • Gain the confidence to develop your own career path.
  • Improve your personal relationships.
  • Increase technology skills to move forward.

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you create a personalized program that fits you and your needs. Programs are nonsectarian and open to ALL women. All calls are confidential.

Pack the Pantry

Please consider purchasing grocery store gifts cards to help our food insecure clients and their families.
Gift cards can be sent directly to NCJW/Essex, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 to be distributed directly to our Center for Women clients.

Click here to purchase ShopRite gift cards

Click here to purchase Stop & Shop gift cards

In New Jersey, 1 in 10 people and 1 in 7 children live in households where there is no regular access to enough food to live healthy and active lives. The NCJW/Essex Pack the Pantry program is doing our part to help.

According to Feeding America, with rising unemployment and stay-at home orders in effect, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many individuals’ already fragile ability to put food on the table. We know that many of our Center for Women clients have had to use all of their resources to pay rent, choosing hunger over homelessness.

At this time, while the physical NCJW/Essex office is closed, we are looking for other ways to address need. Pack the Pantry is joining with other NCJW/Essex committees and community partners to increase collection of food items and grocery store gift cards. 

Starting in September, volunteers will be holding monthly food collections with donations being collected at specified drop off locations. Please contact Ellen Staple at volunteer@ncjwessex.org for information. Please also continue to check the NCJW/Essex Facebook page for information about upcoming food and gift card collections.

Pack the Pantry is always looking for volunteers committed to helping to alleviate hunger for women and families in the communities where we reside. We need your help now more than ever! To volunteer please email volunteer@ncjwessex.org.

Volunteer at NCJW

Volunteerism = The Essence of NCJW/Essex

As a volunteer, you will impact your community and the world at large by becoming part of a growing network of courageous and compassionate individuals who improve the lives of women, children, and families every day.

NCJW/Essex is an organization that upholds the ideal that ordinary people can make a real and lasting difference in other people’s lives simply by taking action. Those actions are all the more extraordinary because they represent not just one person’s effort, but also the exponential impact of a group of individuals acting together with a common purpose. We are pleased to offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities that fit any schedule and any interest. Whether you have evenings, weekends or weekdays free, a few days a year to offer, or you’d like to help on a weekly basis, NCJW/Essex offers a variety of ways for you to connect and contribute.

For all volunteer opportunities, contact Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership & Resource Development, (973) 740-0588 or email estaple@ncjwessex.org for more information.