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Domestic Violence Information

What is Domestic Violence?

A general definition:
Domestic Violence is a pattern of physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse, which includes, but is not limited to, threats, intimidation, isolation, and/or financial control. Domestic Violence is an intentional pattern of behavior that is used by one person as a means to harm and take power and control over another person in the context of a dating, family, roommate or caretaker relationship
Domestic Violence, which is also called spouse abuse, intimate partner abuse, battering, and partner violence, is when an individual is in some way hurt by a person that he or she knows. These “hurts” are not limited to physical harm; a person can also be sexually abused or psychologically abused. Often a victim is hurt in more than one of these ways. Domestic Violence can continue over a long period of time and becomes more frequent and more severe over time.

A legal definition:
Domestic violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following criminal offenses upon a person protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act:

Homicide N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1 Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1
Terroristic Threats N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 Kidnapping N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1
Criminal Restraint N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2 False Imprisonment N.J.S.A. 2C:13-3
Sexual Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2 Lewdness N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4
Criminal Sexual Contact N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3 Criminal Mischief N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3
Burglary N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 Criminal Trespass N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3
Harassment N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 Stalking N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10

Who can be a victim of Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence acts are established by the relationship between the offender and the victim. A person protected by the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is 18 years of age or older, or who is an emancipated minor, and who has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse, or any other person who is a present or former household member. Any person, regardless of age, sex, or physical/psychological condition, who has been subjected to domestic violence by one of the following actors:

  • A person with whom the victim has a child in common
  • A person with whom the victim anticipates having a child in common, if one of the parties is pregnant.
  • A person with whom the victim has had a dating relationship

What are the criteria for an Emancipated Minor?

A person who is under 18 years of age and meets any of the following conditions:

  • Has been married
  • Has entered the military
  • Has a child
  • Is pregnant
  • Is declared by a court or administrative agency to be emancipated

***Please be aware if the actor in under 18 years of age and is not emancipated, it is not domestic violence but is considered an act of juvenile delinquency.

What legal remedies can I seek if I have been a victim of domestic violence?

You have the right to file a civil complaint under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, along with a criminal complaint. Both complaints should be filed for your protection since the civil complaint is designed to protect you and the criminal complaint is designed to punish the abuser.

What is a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)?

This is an order that is issued by a judge who is satisfied that demanding circumstances exist enough to excuse the failure of the victim to appear personally and that sufficient grounds for granting the temporary restraining order have been shown. To protect the victim from the defendant, the judge may grant within the temporary restraining order that the:

  • The abuser is forbidden from returning to the scene of the Domestic Violence as well as other locations to be determined.
  • The abuser is prohibited from future acts of Domestic Violence.
  • The abuser is forbidden from possessing a firearm or weapons.
  • The abuser is forbidden from having any communication or contact with the victim or the victim’s relatives in person, via the telephone, or in writing. This includes making or causing anyone else to do so, on the abuser’s behalf.
  • The abuser is required to pay temporary child support to victim.
  • The abuser is required to reimburse the victim for any medical expenses incurred due to injury caused by defendant.
  • The victim is given exclusive possession of the residence.
  • The victim is given temporary custody of the children.

How do I get a TRO?

Contact the Family Part of the Superior Court in your county Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).
On the weekends, holidays, and after 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can request a TRO from the Municipal Court in your area – this is done through your State or local police department.
To receive information about contacting a court for a TRO, call your State or local police department or call the Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-SAFE (7233).
Within 10 days of the TRO the court will schedule a hearing. Both you and your abuser will have a chance to testify. The judge will consider both testimonies before issuing a Final Restraining Order.

Summary findings from the New Jersey Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board Report February 2003:

  • In most New Jersey homicide-suicides, the perpetrators were men, who Killed their intimate partners,
  • Typically when the woman was planning to leave or the couple had recently separated. Repeatedly, experts in the field of Domestic Violence report that the most dangerous time for the victim is when she decides to leave the perpetrator.
  • There was often evidence of a history of Domestic Violence, including police reports of prior incidents of violence, or threats of violence and/or reports, or suspicions of abuse by family, friends and employers.
  • Lastly, guns were used in nearly all of these fatalities.
  • Victims and perpetrators represented the diversity of residents in the general population with one exception: nearly all perpetrators were men, and nearly all victims were women.
  • Findings in New Jersey match the commonly reported scenario of these deaths nationwide.

For further information on Domestic Violence awareness and services available to victims; look below.

Domestic Violence Agency Contacts

The New Jersey State Police does not conduct counseling services; however, assistance is available from the following organizations and agencies:

NJ Division on Women
Department of Community Affairs
101 South Broad Street
PO Box 801
Trenton, NJ08625-0801
Phone: (609) 292-8840
Fax: (609) 633-6821
TTY: (609) 777-0799

The following are Domestic Violence Programs by Counties:


Atlantic County Women's Center
Violence Intervention Program
PO Box 311
Northfield, NJ 08225
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 646-6767
Toll free: 1-800-286-4184

TTY: (609) 645-2909
Fax: (609) 645-8877

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Shelter our Sisters
PO Box 217
Hackensack, NJ 07602
Office: 405 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (201) 944-9600
TTY: (201) 836-3071
Shelter:(201) 836-1075
Fax/Shelter: (201) 836-7029
Office:(201) 498-9247
Fax/Office: (201) 498-9256

Bergen County Alternatives To Domestic Violence
County of Bergen Department of Human Services
One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Non-Residential Services/Outreach/Clinical Counseling/Crisis Intervention/Legal Advocacy Services
24 Hr. Hotline: (201) 336-7575
TTY: (201) 336-7525
Fax:(201) 336-7555

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Providence House/Willingboro Shelter
PO Box 496
Willingboro, NJ 08046
24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 871-7551
TTY: (609) 871-7551
Office: (856) 824-0599
Fax/Office: (856) 824-9340
Fax/Shelter: (609) 871-0360
950A Chester Ave.
Delran, NJ 07075
Phone: (856) 824-0599
Fax: (856) 824-9340

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Camden County Women's Center
PO Box 1459
Blackwood, NJ 08021
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (856) 227-1234
TTY: (856) 227-9264
Fax: (856) 227-1261
Outreach Center:
PO Box 1459, Attn: Outreach
Blackwood, NJ 08021
Phone: (856) 963-5668

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CARA, Inc. (Coalition Against Rape & Abuse, Inc.)
PO Box 774
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 522-6489
Toll free: 1-877-294-CARA [2272]

TTY: (609) 463-0818
Office: (609) 522-6489
Fax: (609) 463-0967

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Center for Family Services
3642 Landis Avenue
Vineland, NJ
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: 1(886) 295-SERV (7378)
24 Hr./Toll free: 1-800-286-4353

Office: 856-696-2032
Fax: 856-696-7336

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Babyland Family Violence Program
755 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07106
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 484-4446
Office:(973) 484-1704
Fax: (973) 484-7682

The Safe House
PO Box 1887
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 759-2154
Fax: (973) 844-4950

The Rachel Coalition of Jewish Family Service
570 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Suite 203
Livingston, NJ 07039
Emergency Safehouse 24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 740-1233
Office: (973) 740-1233
Fax: (973) 740-1590

Linda & Rudy Slucker National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
Center For Women
513 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.,
Suite 325
Livingston, NJ 07039
Non-Residential Services
Office: (973) 994-4994
Fax: (973) 994-7412

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Center for Family Services
PO Box 566
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (856) 881-3335
Office: 856-881-4034
Fax: 856-881-9326

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Womenrising, Inc.
Formally the YWCA Battered Women's Program

270 Fairmount Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (201) 333-5700
Office: (201) 333-5700 ext. 511
TTY: (201) 333-0547
Fax: (201) 333-9305

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SAFE in Hunterdon
47 E. Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: 1-888-988-4033
TTY: (908) 788-4044
Office: (908) 806-8605
Fax: (908) 788-7263
Phone: (908) 788-7666
TTY: (908) 788-7666
Fax: (908) 806-4725

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Womanspace, Inc.
1212 Stuyvesant Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (609) 394-9000
State Hotline: 1-800-572-SAFE [7233]

TTY:(609) 394-9000 or
TTY: 1-800-572-7233
Office: (609) 394-0136
Fax: (609) 396-1093
1860 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648
Phone: (609) 394-2532
TTY: (609) 394-5417

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Women Aware, Inc.
PO Box 312
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (732) 249-4504
TTY: (732) 249-0600
Office: (732) 249-4900
Fax: (732) 249-0010
96 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
Phone: (732) 937-9525
Fax: (732) 249-6942

Manavi Inc. *
PO Box 3103
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-3103
Office: 732-435-1414
Fax: 732-435-1411
* A non-profit organization for women who trace their cultural heritage to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

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180 Turning Lives Around
One Bethany Road, Building 3, Suite 42
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (732) 264-4111
Toll free: 1-888-THE-WCMC [843-9262]

TTY: (732) 264-3089
Office: (732) 264-4360
Fax: (732) 264-8655

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Jersey Battered Women's Services, Inc. (JBWS)
PO Box 1437
Morristown, NJ 07962
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 267-4763
TTY: (973) 285-9095
Office: (973) 455-1256
Fax: (973) 605-5898

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Providence House - Ocean
PO Box 4344
Brick, NJ 08723
Emergency Shelter
24 Hr. Hotline: (732) 244-8259
Toll free: 1-800-246-8910 (From the "609" area code only)

TTY: (732) 244-8259
Office :(732) 262-3143
Fax: (732) 262-1787
Shelter Fax: (732) 244-3064
Outreach 35 Beaverson Blvd., Bldg #6
Brick, NJ 07823
Phone: (732) 262-3143

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Passaic County Women's Center
Domestic Violence Program

PO Box 244
Paterson, NJ 07513
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (973) 881-1450
TTY: (973) 278-8630
Fax: (973) 881-0617
1027 Madison Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07513
Phone: (973) 881-0725
Fax: (973) 881-0938

Project S.A.R.A.H.
199 Scoles Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07012
24-Hr. Hotline: 1-800-757-9450
Phone: (973) 777-7638
Fax: (973) 777-9311

Strengthen Our Sisters
P.O. Box U
Hewitt, NJ 07421
24-Hr. Hotline: 1-800-676-9470
Shelter: 973-728-0059
Office: (973) 657-0567
Fax: 973-728-1430

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Salem County Women's Services
PO Box 125
Salem, NJ 08079-0125
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (856) 935-6655
Toll free: 1-888-632-9511

TTY: (856) 935-7118
Fax: (856) 935-6165

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Resource Center of Somerset
427 Homestead Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (908) 685-1122
Toll free: 1-866-685-1122

Office: (908) 359-0003
Fax: (908) 359-8881
Phone: (908) 359-0003
TTY: (908) 359-8604

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Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
PO Box 805
Newton, NJ 07860
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 875-1211
TTY: (973) 875-6369
Office: (973) 579-2386
Fax: (973) 579-3277
Phone: (973) 579-2386
TTY: (973) 579-6593
Fax: (973) 579-3277

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Project: Protect
c/o YWCA of Eastern Union County
1131 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (908) 355-4357
TTY: (908) 355-1023
Fax: (908) 355-0534
Phone: (908) 355-1995

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Domestic Abuse & Rape Crisis Center (DARCC)
PO Box 423
Belvidere, NJ 07823
Emergency Shelter 24-Hr. Hotline: (908) 475-8408
Toll free: 1-866-6BE-SAFE [623-7233]

TTY: (908) 453-2553
Office: (908) 453-4121
Fax: (908) 453-3706
Outreach Services
78 South Main St
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: (908) 475-8408

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