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NEW JERSEY: Domestic Violence Resources



MY ABUSER HAS A GUN

If you have a current Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) from a court against your abuser, or if your abuser has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor, then Federal law states that it is illegal for your abuser to buy or have a gun in their possession.

You MUST ASK THE JUDGE to specifically write in your order that the abuser cannot buy or have a gun while the order is in effect and to require that your abuser to give any guns to the police, or require the police to go to the abuser's house and get them. The guns then go to either the county sheriff or court clerk of stolen property. The district attorney in the county where the gun(s) was taken away can then file to have them destroyed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the domestic violence agency in your area immediately.

New Jersey Unemployment Law Protects Victims of Domestic Violence.

Effective January 18, 2000, P.L. 1999, Chapter 391, allows persons who quit their job, or are fired from their job, to apply for unemployment compensation benefits if the departure resulted from being a victim of domestic violence and if they are otherwise eligible to collect unemployment benefits. Any person who applies for this benefit must provide some documentation of the abuse such as a restraining order, a criminal conviction of the offender, police or medical records, documentation or certification by a helping professional who assisted the victim, or certification from a certified Domestic Violence Specialist or the director of a designated domestic violence agency that the individual is a victim of domestic violence. The employer's account is not charged.

New Jersey Domestic Violence Advocates & Support Contacts
LocationProgramPhone
Statewide NJ Coalition for Battered Women
Battered Lesbian Hotline (NJ only)
Child Abuse Hotline
Child Support Assistance
Crime Victim Compensation
Manavi for South Asian Women
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
800-572-7233
800-224-0211
877-NJ-ABUSE
877-NJ-KIDS1
877-658-2221
908-687-2662
609-896-8855

Atlantic County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
South Jersey Legal Services
Violence Intervention Program
609-909-7850
609-348-4200
800-286-4184

Bergen County Alternatives to DV
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Shelter Our Sisters
201-336-7575
201-487-2166
201-646-2057
201-944-9600

Burlington County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Providence House
South Jersey Legal Services
Women's Referral Central
609-265-5048
609-871-7551
609-261-1088
800-322-8092

Camden County Family Counseling Service
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
South Jersey Legal Services
Women's Center/SOLACE
856-964-7378
856-225-8431
800-496-4570
856-227-1234

Cape May County Coalition Against Rape & Abuse
Office of Victim-Witness Services
South Jersey Legal Services
Women's Referral Center
609-522-6489
609-465-1135
609-465-3001
800-322-8092

Cumberland County Guidance Center
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
South Jersey Legal Services
Women's Center
856-455-5555
856-453-0486
856-451-0003
800-322-8092

Essex County Council of Jewish Women
Essex-Newark Legal Services
Family Violence Program
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
The Rachel Coalition
The Safe House
973-997-WISH
973-824-3000
973-484-4446
973-621-4707
973-740-1233
973-759-2154

Gloucester County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
People Against Spousal Abuse
South Jersey Legal Services
856-384-5500
856-881-3335
856-964-9400

Hudson County Christ Hospital Mental Health
Northeast Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Women Rising Hotline (YWCA)
Women's Referral Central
201-795-8373
201-792-6363
201-795-6400
201-333-5700
800-322-8092

Hunterdon County Legal Services of NW Jersey
Northwest Regional Women's Center
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Women's Crisis Services
908-782-7979
973-267-4763
800-321-0010
888-988-4033

Mercer County Central Jersey Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Womenspace
609-695-6249
609-989-6274
800-572-7233

Middlesex County Central Jersey Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Rutgers Univ. Victim Services
Women Aware
732-249-7600
732-745-3328
732-932-1181
732-937-9525

Monmouth County Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Women's Center
Turning Lives Around
732-866-0020
732-431-7160
732-264-7273
888-843-9262

Morris County Battered Women's Services
Care Program
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey
Office of Victim-Witness Services
973-267-4763
973-971-4715
973-285-6911
973-285-6200

Ocean County Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Providence House
732-341-2727
732-929-2195
800-246-8910

Passaic County Northeast Jersey Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Strengthen Our Sisters
Women's DV Program
973-523-2900
973-881-4887
973-728-0007
973-881-1450

Salem County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
South Jersey Legal Services
Women's Services
856-935-7510
856-451-0003
888-632-9511

Somerset County Legal Services of Northwest Jersey
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Resource Center for Women
Women's Counseling Center
908-231-0840
908-575-3359
908-685-1122
908-526-7444

Sussex CountyDomestic Abuse Services
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
973-875-1211
973-383-7400
973-383-1570

Union County Central Jersey Legal Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Project Protect
908-354-4340
908-527-4500
908-355-4357

Warren CountyDomestic Abuse Crisis Center
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey
Jersey Battered Women Services
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
866-623-7233
908-475-2010
973-267-4763
908-475-6271



New Jersey Bar Association Foundation
The Foundation maintains a free videotape loan library on a wide variety of law-related topics. The Foundation lends videotapes to individuals, schools, community groups and senior citizen centers in New Jersey only. Call to order: (732) 249-5000.

Suggested tapes include:

"Domestic Violence: Behind Closed Doors"
This program shows how people can and have said "Enough!" to violence. The video showcases women, men and children who offer proof that violence can be stopped, that healing is possible if there is someone to help. The program also shows the social and legal services that make the difference. Appropriate for high school and adult audiences. (28 minutes)

"Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: How to Present Your Case"
Instructs victims of domestic violence on how to organize and present testimony and evidence in court to obtain a restraining order to protect them from their abusers. This videotape was co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and Alternatives to Domestic Violence, a division of the Bergen County Department of Human Services. Appropriate for adult audiences. (16 minutes)

Family Violence: Breaking the Chain"
This program looks at how the abused and the abuser are affected; the dangers children of repeated violence may encounter in their own relationships; the problems of date violence; and the physical and emotional abuse women suffer from their husbands and lovers. While showing the benefits of therapy, this program also explores shelters, hot-lines and community assistance to ensure security for victims of abuse. Appropriate for junior high and high school audiences.







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Last Updated: March 3, 2011