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The unfortunate truth about Domestic Violence is that in the United States it is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, and the FBI estimates that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds. These statistics are not unique to any socio-economic state, race, ethnicity, or location. While the U.S. Department of Justice has found that 85% of the victims of domestic abuse are female, men are victims as well.
Abuse is not simply physical, but it is really an issue of power and control. Domestic abuse falls into the following eight categories.
Using Coercion and Threats: Making and or carrying out threats to do something to hurt you; threatening to leave you; to commit suicide; to report you to welfare; making you drop charges; making you do illegal things.
Using Intimidation: Making you afraid by using looks, actions, gestures; smashing things; destroying your property; abusing pets; displaying weapons.
Using Emotional Abuse: Putting you down; making you feel bad about yourself; calling you names; making you think you are crazy; playing mind games; humiliating you; making you feel guilty.
Using Economic Abuse: Preventing you from getting or keeping a job; making you ask them for money; giving you an allowance; taking your money; not letting you know about or have access to family income.
Using Male Privilege: Treating you like a servant; making all the big decisions; acting like the “master of the castle”; being the one to define men’s and women’s roles.
Using Children: Making you feel guilty about the children; using the children to relay messages; using visitation to harass you; threatening to take the children away.
Minimizing Denying and Blaming: Making light of the abuse and not taking your concerns about it seriously; saying the abuse did not happen; shifting responsibility for abusive behavior; saying you caused it.
Using Isolation: Controlling what you do; who you see and talk to; what you read, and where you go; limiting your outside involvement; using jealousy to justify actions.
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act protects victims from offenses which fall into the categories of Harassment, Terroristic Threats, and Assault. No one should ever live under these conditions. The law is there to protect you and your family.
This firm is dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse access the full protection of the law and ensuring due process and legal protection to those falsely accused of domestic abuse. The firm can help you navigate the process of obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and then a Final Restraining Order (FRO). If you are accused of domestic abuse the issuance of these protective orders can have a substantial effect on your life, in particular your employment and living arrangement. Don’t enter into this process without understanding the consequences and obtaining legal advice.