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NJ Domestic Violence Law

For reference some of the details about Domestic Violence Law in New Jersey is provided here.

In 1991, the New Jersey Legislature enacted the Prevention Against Domestic Violence Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et al. Domestic violence occurs when one or more of the following criminal offenses under the prevention against domestic violence act occur:

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

A victim of domestic violence is a person protected by the Domestic Violence Act (including abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled) and includes any person:

  1. Who is 18 years of age or older;
  2. Who is an emancipated minor and who is subject to domestic violence by a spouse, a former spouse, any person who is a present or former household member; or
  3. Regardless of age has been subject to domestic violence by a person by whom the victim has a child in common or with whom the victim had a dating relationship;
  4. Who, regardless of age, has been subject to domestic violence; a victim may be below the age of 18 or domestic violence assailant must be over the age of 18 or emancipated at the time of the offense.

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