When the topic of domestic violence comes up, people often think of an abused spouse or partner. Though it's vitally important to keep those victims at the center of any discussion, there are other potential victims of this kind of abuse who may never experience actual assault. The children of victims or perpetrators of domestic violence are often traumatized by witnessing or overhearing these incidents of abuse. Two New Jersey state legislators want to ensure that these children's emotional well-being is addressed and that they receive counseling to handle the trauma.
Those who have experienced domestic violence often feel alone. Most victims are women who endure various forms of abuse from a romantic partner. Though it often feels as though all hope is lost, there are ways out of an abusive relationship. New Jersey residents may find inspiration from of one out-of-state woman who is sharing her survival story with the world and using her experience to advocate for other people who have endured domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence often feel as though they have no hope. The mistreatment they endure often lowers their self-esteem to a point where they have difficulty seeing a future for themselves. Fortunately, there are ways out of abusive relationships. One domestic violence survivor is sharing her story with other New Jersey residents as she pursues her college degree in the hopes that she can inspire others to take the first step to a better life.
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.
No person should ever be afraid of the person they love the most. Unfortunately, that is exactly the case for far too many people. Victims of domestic violence often live in fear of their abusers, even going so far as to relocate, but there is always the risk that an abusive partner could find out the new whereabouts of his or her victim. The National Address Confidentiality program exists to assist families who are victims of domestic violence in New Jersey and other states.
New Jersey residents are by now aware that victims of certain crimes may face hardships through no fault of their own. Recent changes to requirements to obtain a drivers' license or a REAL ID, which is a new form of license recognized on a federal level, may leave victims of domestic violence in a pinch. Many victims feel they must seek safety in the form of shelters or by staying with a friend or family member. This can be a potential roadblock when it comes time to obtain a drivers' license or ID that requires a listed address.
Famed hip hop musician Fabalous has been indicted by a New Jersey court amid serious accusations of abuse. The state takes each accusation of domestic violence seriously, and celebrity status is not taken into consideration in a court of law. Instead, charged are filed based on investigatory findings by law enforcement, just like cases that do not involve a famous person.
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.
Though certainly not the first television show based in New Jersey, the show "Jersey Shore" and recent spin-off "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" continues to captivate audiences nationwide. Many viewers have been keeping up with the rowdy cast of characters for nearly a decade and tune in each week to see the latest antics. The cast, however, is all grown up, and plot lines now show real-life struggles -- like marriage, legal trouble and domestic violence.
New Jersey residents would likely be saddened to know that violence in the home continues to be a growing concern for the state. Domestic violence calls continue to pour into local police stations and safe haven services. The problem is so pervasive that some local police stations are looking for volunteers to be trained to render aid to victims in situations of domestic violence.