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Attention called to extent of domestic violence in New Jersey

October is domestic violence awareness month nationwide. A Morris County Freeholder Director recently called attention to the extent and seriousness of domestic violence in the lives of New Jersey residents. At a recent work session to confirm commitment in Morris County, a Jersey Battered Women's Service executive revealed some of the shocking statistics related to domestic violence.

She reported that many cases of domestic violence are never reported, and yet, about 2,500 of these offences are reported in Morris County every year. Furthermore, 40 percent of the murders that had been committed in the county over the past 10 years involved domestic violence. She said the service facilitates a statewide helpline which handles 5,500 calls every year. Other services offered include providing shelter for victims and children, and the service also accompanies more than 1,000 victims in court each year.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women are victims of domestic violence at some stage in their lives, and the offenders are typically individuals known by the victims. Domestic violence is a heinous crime that involves the violation of the victim's humanity and dignity. Although these violations are mostly perpetrated against women, men are also victims.

New Jersey residents who are victims of domestic violence -- including harassment, assault and stalking -- may find comfort knowing that they need not face the problem alone. They have access to the support and guidance of experienced family law attorneys who can help them to navigate the complex procedures of filing a complaint and obtaining a restraining order. An attorney can also address any child custody, visitation and child support issues that may arise as the result of the domestic violence incidents.

Source:, "October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month", Oct. 16, 2015

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