Office on Women

Upcoming Events

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites you to attend an Adult Women’s Self-Defense Class on Tuesday, October 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cranford Recreation Center, Room 220, located at 220 Walnut Street in Cranford.

“The Board of County Commissioners and I believe that keeping our communities safe will always be of the upmost importance,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “Empowering women with self-defense skills is an essential step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of our community members. I encourage all women participate in this free empowering and confidence-building event.”

This exclusive and inclusive self-defense class will be conducted by two highly trained officers one from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the other from the Summit Police Department and has been coordinated through the Office on Women to provide women with essential tools, information and knowledge to protect themselves and boost their confidence.

“Our trained officers are dedicated to serving the community, and we are excited to share our knowledge and expertise to help empower women with the tools they need to protect themselves,” said Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli.

The class will cover a wide range of topics, including basic self-defense techniques, situational awareness, personal safety strategies, demonstrations on escaping from common holds and grabs, with a focus on empowerment and confidence-building exercises.

“It has been well-documented that women run a higher risk of experiencing an assault or sexual crime of any kind,” said Commissioner Vice-Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded, liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women. “This is why taking a proactive approach in educating and preparing our residents is so important to the well-being of our community. I urge all women to take advantage of this educational resource and attend the class.”   

The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Interested participants may register above

This event is brought to you by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, in collaboration with the Union County Office on Women and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the self-defense class or other services offered by The Union County Office on Women, please contact Jennifer Erdos at or 908-527-4216.


Jennifer Erdos, Coordinator
Fax 527-4875

10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 2nd Fl
Elizabeth, New Jersey


The mission of the Office on Women is to help ensure that women connect with services and programs that enable them to reach their full potential at every stage of their lives, in education, in employment and business, health, and in the social fabric of Union County, and to raise awareness of the many contributions that women make to life in Union County.


The Office on Women serves women in all walks of life throughout Union County. Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration the Office on Women works to ensure that local programs and services support women’s leadership, equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community.