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Vigil calls awareness to domestic violence

As many New Jersey residents are aware, communities across the nation are trying to put a stop to violent crimes. Domestic violence remains a chief concern among law enforcement and community outreach programs. This crime covers a broad range of scenarios, and many people may not know they are a victim until the situation worsens and it is too late. 

Recently, a candlelight vigil was held to call awareness to domestic violence. The vigil aims to educate New Jersey residents, as well as show solidarity for victims. The people responsible for planning the vigil have provided information to help people know what to do if they suspect a friend, loved one or, perhaps, themselves may be a victim. 

In addition to physical abuse, some things that are also considered domestic violence are less obvious; for example, withholding money from a family member to coerce them into behaving a certain way or not reporting violence. Not allowing a person in the home ro have access to friends and family and other healthy relationships also counts. A partner who is often jealous and possessive may also be a domestic abuser. 

If someone feels they know of a person who may be a victim of domestic violence, the first thing to do is to attempt to help them escape the abusive situation with the assistance of law enforcement. Next, victims and their families may want to contact a compassionate attorney. An attorney may be able to help a victim muster the courage to testify against an abuser in court, and ensure that no further abuse occurs. 

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