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Domestic Violence & Spousal Abuse - What is Domestic Violence in New Jersey?

Posted by attorney Curtis Romanowski

Domestic violence is the repeated and patterned use of controlling and coercive behaviors to direct, shape and limit a domestic partner's feelings, thoughts and actions. Power and control tactics are typically used over time in concert with one another, including:

  • emotional abuse
  • physical abuse
  • economic abuse
  • sexual abuse and exploitation
  • isolation and entrapment
  • threats and intimidation
  • control and abuse of children

Power and control tactics also include isolation by way of language barriers and job relocation. Notably, undocumented immigrant women are at greater risk for abuse through these latter methods, due to the added the threat of deportation .

As used in the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, " Domestic violence" means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts inflicted upon a person protected under the act by an adult or an emancipated minor:

(1) Homicide

(2) Assault

(3) Terroristic threats

(4) Kidnapping

(5) Criminal restraint

(6) False imprisonment

(7) Sexual assault

(8) Criminal sexual contact

(9) Lewdness

(10) Criminal mischief

(11) Burglary

(12) Criminal trespass

(13) Harassment

(14) Stalking

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