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Pending legislation may help New Jersey domestic violence victims

Victims of domestic violence come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, victims can be men, women or even children. The state of New Jersey is trying to push through new legislation that will help to protect victims of domestic violence from homicide by firearm.

A study conducted by the Violence Policy Center found that 52 percent of all females who are murdered are victims of gunshots. They also found that of that 52 percent, 61 percent died during arguments with their partners. Similar statistics released by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence found that in New Jersey 53.6 percent of women murdered in the state were killed by men.

New legislation being introduced in New Jersey would require those who are convicted of domestic violence or who have restraining orders against them to surrender all firearms. It would also suspend all rights to buy and carry guns if they are accused, in addition to revoking those rights if they are convicted.  The new legislation would also require authorities to thoroughly check all records to find out if an abuser possesses a gun.

By ensuring that those suspected of or known to be abusive are prohibited from possessing firearms, New Jersey officials hope to see the percentage of women killed by their partners decrease dramatically. Fortunately, women who are currently suffering the effects of domestic violence have options even without the passage of the proposed legislation. They have the right to seek restraining orders against their abusers. Questions about the process for filing such an order can be answered by a family law attorney.

Source:, "Domestic abuse -- the danger grows when guns are present", David Matthau, Feb. 24, 2015

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