Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by a person to establish control and fear in a relationship against an intimate partner, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, isolation, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic control, deprivation of rights and freedom, and the abuse and or neglect of children.
The following are defined as criminal acts of domestic violence committed by an adult against a victim who is 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor*:
* An emancipated minor is a person under 18 years of age who has been married, has entered military service, has a child or is pregnant, or has been declared by a court or administrative agency to be emancipated.
Each county offers programs that provide services for victims of domestic violence.
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New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
Toll Free: 1 (877) 218-9133
The New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides assistance to individuals who, as a result of domestic violence, have relocated for their safety. ACP provides eligible victims of domestic violence with a substitute mailing address that does not identify their actual location. This substitute mailing address may be used when creating new records and/or updating records with state or local government agencies. ACP participants will have their first class mail forwarded to them free of charge. Using a substitute address will limit access to an individual program participant's location.
New Jersey Adult Protective Services (APS) Providers
If someone you know is 18 years of age or older, living in the community and is the subject of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation, contact your county Adult Protective Services (APS) office. An APS investigation is a thorough assessment of a potential at-risk adult. Within 72 hours of a referral's receipt, a face-to-face meeting with the adult by a trained APS social worker is required. During this meeting the potential client is interviewed in private. Every effort is made to determine the competence of the adult. Other individuals or agencies that have knowledge of the situation may also be interviewed. When the investigation is complete a report is submitted to the APS Supervisor who will then consult with the social worker and determine if the adult is at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation. All information generated by the investigation is confidential.
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA)
Toll-Free Hotline: 1 (800) 601-7200
Phone: (609) 631-4450
The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is a collective voice for victims of sexual violence and their loved ones. Rape crisis member centers represent each of New Jersey's 21 counties.
New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW)
Phone: (609) 584-8107
The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW) is a private, non-profit coalition of county domestic violence programs that provides services for battered women in New Jersey.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline
Toll Free: 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233)
The New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline is available statewide 24-hours a day/seven days a week and serves domestic violence victims and others seeking domestic violence information. The Hotline provides bilingual service and is accessible to the hearing impaired.
Shelter Housing Exit (SHE) Program
Phone: (609) 633-6266
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Shelter Housing Exit (SHE) program provides housing assistance to victims of domestic violence with children and who are receiving shelter or transitional housing services from domestic violence programs across the state. Security deposits and up to two months rent are available to help victims of domestic violence leave shelters. Long-term assistance, in the form of security deposits and up to six months of housing assistance payments is available. Referrals for the SHE program must come through the victim's local domestic violence shelter. Each county of New Jersey offers programs that have a variety of services for victims of domestic violence.
State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Phone: (609) 896-8855
As a crime victim or a witness, you have certain rights in the criminal justice system. The State and County Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy offers services to make your participation in the criminal justice system less stressful and more informed. A County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy is available in the county prosecutors' office in each of New Jersey's 21 counties.