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New Special Victims Unit to help victims of domestic violence

In an ideal world, no one would ever have to suffer at the hands of someone they love and trust. Unfortunately, for many people here in New Jersey, that is exactly the hardship they face. Domestic violence can leave long lasting scars that are physical, emotional and mental. Victims of all ages often suffer in silence, unsure of how to get help. Residents in nearby Gloucester County are now one step closer to justice as a new Special Victims Unit there has been unveiled.

The county prosecutor says that law enforcement has been working to develop this new unit for more than two years. The hope is that it will enable police to provide better aide to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The unit will be run from the existing Child Advocacy Center. It used to be handled from the prosecutor's office, but he said he recognized that the old location can be intimidating for victims, many of whom are young children.

The new Special Victims Unit was created after the county prosecutor conducted a thorough review of the major crimes they were dealing with. He realized a large portion of them were sexual in nature and would require investigators who had extensive training and were eager to work on these kinds of cases. He hopes that eventually all of their units, including the SVU, have as much technology at their disposal as needed to solve cases.

Those individuals here in New Jersey who are victims of domestic violence may be unsure of how to get help. In conjunction with the resources of law enforcement, victims may wish to discuss their situation with an experienced attorney who can best advise them of all the options they have in front of them. No one deserves to be hurt by someone they love; however, there are ways out of this kind of situation.

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