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New Jersey widow describes 20 years of domestic violence

When economic times are tough, the stress in relationships can become a heavy burden. Domestic violence is often the result, and, while thousands of cases are reported in New Jersey, many thousands are suspected never to be reported by the victims. Those caught in active domestic violence cycles typically lose their senses of self-worth and reach stages at which they fail to trust their own judgment.

A 42-year-old New Jersey woman recently described 20 years of suffering as a domestic violence victim. The widow said she fell in love and got married to a man who she met at church when she was only 19 years old; the abuse started soon after the wedding. She explained that her husband had controlled her by threatening to harm her parents and siblings. His vicious attacks apparently occurred relentlessly, even during her eight pregnancies.

Her husband ultimately developed leukemia, and, although she hoped that the diagnosis would change him, the abuse continued. She cared for him in the time leading up to his death, and, although his death may bring relief for her and her children, they will all be forever scarred. In many cases, victims of domestic violence feel trapped and fail to see ways out of dangerous situations.

Counselors are available to help victims regain confidence and see their lives as valuable. Experienced New Jersey domestic violence attorneys are equipped to assist victims with navigating domestic violence litigation. They can provide support for victims in several ways, such as by obtaining temporary restraining orders. A lawyer can also help a victim with child-related aspects of the necessary separation. 

Source:, "'It was a nightmare:' N.J. survivor of domestic violence finds freedom", Brittany M. Wehner, Oct. 30, 2015

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