Bari Weinberger Delivers Keynote Speech On Male Victims of Domestic Violence At Union County C.A.R.E.S. Symposium

Bari Weinberger delivered a keynote speech at the 4th annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium, held April 6, 2017, at Kean University. The theme of this year’s Symposium was Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence. Bari delivered the keynote presentation for the panel discussion on male victims of domestic violence. Read more

Child Victims of Domestic Violence

When Kids Witness Domestic Violence, Is It Child Abuse?

Child Victims of Domestic ViolenceWitnessing violence in any form can leave a lasting negative impact on a child — and when children live in homes where domestic violence, including physical abuse, is a frequent occurrence, the consequences can be dire. What can we do to protect young bystanders to spousal or intimate partner violence, and where does the law in New Jersey currently stand with regards to children living in violent or abusive homes? Read more

Our Super Bowl Domestic Violence PSA: Six Steps To Get The Protection You Deserve

One of the most greatly anticipated parts of this Sunday’s Super Bowl is, of course, the fun and memorable commercials! Corporations spend big bucks to make an impression. For us, and maybe for you, the Super Bowl ad from the past few years that has stayed with us is this one from the non-profit abuse and assault awareness group, NoMore. Remember? In the ad, a 911 caller orders a pizza, and the smart 911 operator quickly understands that what’s really being ordered is emergency help in a domestic violence incident.

There has been great debate about Super Bowl Sunday and whether or not there is increased rates of domestic violence on this day. Our stance is simple. Of the 70,000 cases of domestic violence reported each year in New Jersey (and the countless cases that go unreported), will partner abuse occur somewhere in New Jersey on Sunday? Tragically, yes. And with that in mind, we want to offer our own Super Bowl Domestic Violence PSA!

If you or someone you know needs this information, here is an easy-to-follow on how to get the protection you deserve through obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) against your abuser. The process is straightforward and could be the beginning of your path to a safer future: Read more

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Governor Christie Signs Expansion to SASPA Act for Sexual Assault Survivors

sexual assault Earlier this month, Governor Chris Christie singed a bill into law that expands the coverage of the fairly new Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act. SASPA, as it more commonly called, became law here in New Jersey in May of 2016. SASPA closes an important loophole for survivors of sexual assault or abuse who are not covered by the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act or (PDVA). What protections does it offer victims? Read more

Governor Christie Signs Domestic Violence Gun Bill that Enhances Current Protections

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Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that limits access to firearms for domestic violence offenders. How will this change current domestic violence gun laws on the books?  Read more

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How to Defend Yourself In A Domestic Violence Matter

domestic violenceYou have found yourself in the position of defending against a final restraining order being entered against you. A trial has been scheduled and you are naturally concerned. What is important to prioritize in making a strong defense? Read more

Is It Time To Strengthen New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Laws?

Help for Domestic Violence in the Korean Community

The brutal December 18 murder of New Jersey mother of two Tara O’Shea-Watson at the hands of her estranged husband and accused killer, Jeremiah Monell, is a tragedy beyond all belief. In the aftermath of Monell’s arrest following a two-week long manhunt, friends of O’Shea-Watson are now pointing to a proposed domestic violence bill before the New Jersey Legislature that they say may have kept O’Shea-Watson safe, and alive. Read more

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Cyber Monday PSA: Protect Yourself From Cyber Spying

is your abusive spouse cyber spying on you?Are you trapped in an abusive relationship? If your spouse is monitoring your movements or spying on you  in an attempt to control you, be aware that he or she may have taken steps to monitor your online activity. With the arrival of today’s Cyber Monday, there’s no better time to learn steps you can take to stay safe and prevent cyber spying or cyber stalking from happening to you: Read more

Spousal Spying—Are You at Risk?

spousal spyingIt is hard for most of us to remember a time without smartphones, email, GPS, and even drones, and virtual reality. High tech definitely seems here to stay. But, there is a dark side to all this technology, particularly in relationships that involve domestic abuse or domestic violence. Abusers can now, more easily than ever, spy on their spouses or significant others, using current technology found in computers, cellphones, hidden web cams and surveillance cameras, and GPS devices. Are you at risk for being spied on by on your spouse — and what can you do to keep yourself safe? Read more

Lesbian Couples and DV: Special Concerns & Solutions

same-sex domestic violenceAccording to the National Violence Against Women survey, domestic violence affects 1 in 3 lesbian relationships. And tragically, many victims remain silent. If we, as a society, have learned anything during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is that domestic violence does not discriminate. It knows no race, color, socioeconomic status — or sexual orientation. So how can we help women trapped in these relationships reach out and get the help they need, and that is there for them? Read more