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It may be difficult to escape circumstances of domestic violence

During December, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is observed internationally. New Jersey residents may be interested in the shocking statistics reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Coalition says an average of 20 people nationwide suffer physical abuse by an intimate partner every minute. Fortunately, the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act provides protection for victims of such abuse.

After seeing the cruel remarks made toward an abused fiancée of Ray Rice, the ex NFL player, a former victim of domestic violence who had escaped her abuser became an activist who now motivates victims to get the help they need. She says that people who have never experienced domestic violence question the reasons for victims staying in such circumstances. She explains that, in most cases, abusers make it impossible for their victims to leave because money is typically withheld and contact with friends or family is terminated.

Without some level of emotional and financial support, it is almost impossible to escape a controlling abuser. This woman explained how she took small amounts of money from a limited allowance for housekeeping, all the while making sure it was not enough to be noticed. Over an extended period, she collected enough money and toiletries to reach a point where she was able to escape.

New Jersey victims of domestic violence may find comfort knowing that an experienced family law attorney will be aware of the sensitivity of these issues. A lawyer can assist victims in obtaining restraining orders and, where appropriate, filing criminal charges against their abusers. Furthermore, if an abuser violates a restraining order, an attorney can help in having the person arrested and charged in criminal court for the violation of a court order.

Source: news-sentinel.com, ""#WhyIStayed" creator speaks out on domestic violence", Ellie Bogue, Dec. 4, 2015

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