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What are common signs of domestic violence?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New Jersey and around the country. The hope is to bring raised awareness of an issue that can often leave victims feeling isolated, encouraging them to report their abusers and give their friends and family helpful knowledge if someone they love is in an abusive relationship. Many people say that they don't know what to look for when trying to determine if a person is a victim of domestic violence. Fortunately, experts have several signals that people can watch for and ways to help.

Experts say that victims often have to check in with their partner on a regular basis and tell the partner exact details on their whereabouts and activities. Victims may mention getting repeated, harassing phone calls or say that the partner has difficulty controlling his or her temper or jealousy. Victims are frequently isolated from family and friends and have little to no control over their own finances. The last thing to watch for is if the victim tends to wear clothing that could conceal bruises or marks, even in the hot weather.

Statistics say that a quarter of women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Advocates for survivors stress the need for donations of clothing and other items to help them leave an abusive home. Financial abuse is particularly common and survivors may need additional resources to re-enter the workforce.

Whatever the situation may be, no one should ever have to suffer any form of abuse, especially at the hands of someone who claims to love them. Survivors of domestic violence also have several available legal options that can help them reclaim their lives. Attorneys here in New Jersey who have experience in filing restraining orders and taking other measures to help protect survivors and their children can help answer questions for anyone who needs help.

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