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Identifying An Abusive Relationship

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors that some use to control their intimate partners. Domestic violence can include physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and other controlling behaviors.

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Domestic Violence Is A Crime

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.

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Restraint
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
  • False Imprisonment
  • Harassment
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Lewdness
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Terrorist Threats

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.

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Help Is Available

Each New Jersey county offers that provide services for victims of domestic violence.

Click here to view NJ DCF's Domestic Violence Services 

NJ Domestic Violence Hotline
Toll Free: 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233)
Statewide 24-hours, seven days a week domestic violence hotline serving domestic violence victims and others seeking domestic violence information. Provides bilingual service and is accessible to the hearing impaired

NJ Coalition for Battered Women
Phone: (609) 584-8107
Private, non-profit coalition of county domestic violence programs that provides services for battered women in New Jersey

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA)
Toll-Free Hotline: 1 (800) 601-7200
Phone: (609) 631-4450
Collective voice for victims of sexual violence and their loved ones. Rape crisis member centers represent each of New Jersey's 21 counties.

State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Phone: (609) 896-8855
As a crime victim or a witness of a crime, 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.

Shelter Housing Exit (SHE) Program
Phone: (609) 633-6266
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.

New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
Toll Free: 1 (877) 218-9133

Provides assistance to individuals who, as a result of domestic violence, have relocated for their safety. Provides eligible victims of domestic violence with a substitute mailing address, which 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. The ACP will forward program participant's first class mail free of charge.  Using a substitute address will limit access to an individual program participant's location.

Adult Protective Services (APS)
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 792-8820
If you or someone you know is an18 years of age or older vulnerable adult and subject to abuse, neglect and/or exploitation, a county Adult Protective Services program may be able to help. Vulnerable adults are people who are at risk for harm because they cannot adequately protect themselves. They may be frail, mentally or physically disabled, or alone and isolated, with no family or other social support. There is an APS program in each of New Jersey's 21 counties. Complainants may be clients, caregivers, family members, agencies or any interested or involved individuals. Call the Public Awareness, Information, Assistance and Outreach Unit Toll Free number: 1 (800) 792-8820. 

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