Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Agency Provides Safety, Support and Solutions to Domestic Violence Victims
Diane Williams has been named as the new director and chief executive officer of the Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), which is a leader in dealing with domestic violence issues in the Morris County area.
JBWS provides safety, support and solutions to abused persons. The agency works closely with Morris County Department of Human Services, the Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office, and runs the Morris County Family Justice Center, which is located in the county government complex in Morristown.
“We are so pleased to have Diane join our organization,” said Amy Komoroski Wiwi, incoming JBWS board chair. “Diane’s passion for the mission, professional skills, experience, and working relationships in Morris County make her the ideal choice to lead JBWS.”
Prior to joining JBWS, Williams worked for 20 years with Family Intervention Services, a private, non-profit organization that offers with 32 programs in five counties, with programs including crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, education and support to residents.
As the Chief Operating Officer with Family Intervention Services, Williams managed the internal operations with a budget of more than $9 million annually and was actively involved in all aspects of the organization, from management, finance, fundraising, and grant writing to human resources, marketing, quality assurance, and program development.
“I’m so excited to be joining the JBWS team,” said Williams. “I have admired the work of the staff and executive management for years having worked collaboratively on projects with them in my previous position. No one should have to experience family or partner violence and I’m proud to lead the organization in Morris County that addresses this critical issue.’’
William replaces Patty Sly, who left the organization earlier this year after a decade at the helm.
Founded in 1976 as the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, the Morris County agency has grown to provide a 24-hour helpline, emergency safe house, transitional living, children’s programs, counseling, vocational counseling, legal advocacy, batterers’ intervention, dating abuse prevention, community education and training for professionals.
In addition, JBWS is the lead partner of the Morris Family Justice Center, a multi-service agency, serving victims of dating and domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.