Violence at the hands of a loved one can be an understandably terrifying experience. Many domestic violence victims in New Jersey experience many different emotions regarding the matter, ranging from shame that the violence occurred to guilt from potentially putting a spouse or significant other into trouble with the law. Still, whether suffering from emotional or physical abuse, victims have options to help address this issue when they are ready.
At least 65,000 instances of domestic violence are reported annually in New Jersey, although the real number of cases is thought to be higher. This type of abuse is not isolated to just one group of individuals. Victims can be from any socioeconomic backgrounds, be of any races or ethnicities, and follow any religions and still be harmed by loved ones.
Physical and emotional abuse affects more people than just adults. Multiple studies have confirmed that children are also dramatically harmed by domestic violence. In houses with histories of domestic violence, children suffer both neglect and physical abuse more often than their peers. According to the studies, the rate at which these children are harmed is significantly higher than the current national average for children who are not exposed to domestic violence.
Domestic violence does not always occur between a married couple. This type of emotional and physical abuse can be caused by a boyfriend, girlfriend, live-in partner or other type of significant other, and it can affect virtually anyone in New Jersey. When an act of violence occurs, restraining orders can be an effective approach to maintaining distance between a victim and alleged abuser.
Source: nj.com, "Chatham Township to present program on domestic violence", Oct. 11, 2016