With her story making headlines around the world, the life of Gabby Petito has sparked a much-needed conversation about relationship safety. Anyone who has watched the footage of Gabby and Brian Laundrie stopped by the police in Moab, Utah, over a domestic violence dispute have been left asking questions…could more have been done to detect warning signs of abusive behavior? What legal steps can be taken to protect victims from their abusers? How do you help a loved one trapped in a violent relationship? Read more
Strangulation is one of the most underreported crimes of domestic violence. It’s also among the most deadly. According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, domestic violence strangulation is a key predictor of future domestic violence homicide.
New Jersey recently passed a law elevating strangulation from a third to a second degree crime in the state. As Bari Weinberger wrote in her recent New Jersey Law Journal article, “Strangulation: How The ‘Rough Sex’ Defense Doesn’t Wash in DV Cases,” while this new law is an important step in the right direction, there’s more work to be done to bring justice to victims of strangulation.
Do you have a friend or loved one who you suspect may be a victims of domestic violence strangulation? Here’s how to get them the help they need. Read more
Are you a victim of domestic violence and not sure where or how to seek help in 2021? Get the information you need to protect yourself this winter and beyond. You can get out and you can stay safe. Read more
A NY Times article from the height of the Covid-19 pandemic found that domestic violence rates around the globe were rising, spurred by Covid-19 lockdowns, economic distress, and victims driven even further into isolation.
Concerned about similar spikes in domestic abuse that may be happening here in New Jersey, family law expert Bari Weinberger, our firm’s founder, set out to uncover how factors such as home confinement and court closures have impacted statewide domestic violence rates. Read more
Are you or a loved one trapped in an abusive relationship because you don’t see a way to financially support yourself should you leave? Are you asking yourself questions like…
How can I afford to rent an apartment? How can I afford to feed my kids? How can I create a new life if I can’t pay for it?
Abusers often use tactics of manipulative control over their victim’s finances (aka financial abuse) as a way to keep their victim isolated and fearful of leaving. Abusers may cut off access to joint bank accounts, ruin the victim’s credit, and terrify their victim into giving up their job.
However, here’s what your abuser doesn’t want you to know: you can get out, you can get to safety, and you can get money to live.
As you go about putting together your safety plan for leaving and creating a safe new existence for you and your children, please know that key financial support is available to you right now. See which of the following resources could be a good match for your needs. Read more
Congratulations to family law attorney Richard Outhwaite for protecting his client’s right to a final restraining order in her successful domestic violence appeals matter. The outcome of the Appellate Division case was highlighted in this week’s Court Digest (I.U. v. M.U., Appellate Division, Per Curiam).
Mr. Outhwaite skillfully secured his client’s safety and future by proving to the courts the continued need for the final restraining order over the objections and calls to dismiss by the defendant (the client’s former spouse). In its ruling, the Appellate Court agreed with Mr. Outhwaite and affirmed a lower court’s decision in favor of plaintiff pursuant to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17-35. Mr. Outhwaite’s client was found to be credible and the FRO necessary for future safety. The defendant’s demand to dismiss the FRO was denied.
We commend Mr. Outhwaite for his superb job in fulfilling our firm’s mission of safeguarding our clients and their rights and futures. As we observe October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s all the more meaningful to have Mr. Outhwaite’s shining example of what we mean when we say that we are committed to our clients’ continued safety.
Do you or a loved one need help with a domestic violence matter, including filing for a restraining order? Please see our free legal helping resources. Have questions and need to speak with an attorney? Contact us to schedule a confidential attorney consultation. Call us at 888-888-0919, or click the button below.
This October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month is one like no other. Typically, the awareness month is an important opportunity to share resources and engage in discussion about how to further aid survivors and end domestic abuse.
In 2020, however, there is an urgent need to get information directly to victims who may be uncertain of how to get help and get to safety in the time of Covid-19. With closures and changed access the norm until further notice, usual avenues of help and support may feel difficult to access.
Do you or a loved one need to get to safety as a result of a violent or abusive partner? Here is a breakdown of needed help and how to still get it during the pandemic. Read more
Help for Domestic Violence Victims eBook: to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month #DVAM20, we are giving away copies of Bari Weinberger’s eBook on domestic violence and domestic abuse: A Guide for Domestic Violence Victims in New Jersey. Enter the giveaway to get a copy for a friend, your workplace, your local library, school, or day center.
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To enter, click the box below and follow the instructions.
We have added several different ways for you to earn entries to this giveaway and you can have as many entries as you like. Different actions result in different ‘entry’ values.
The winners will be notified on October 30th.
Follow this link to enter: Giveaway – A Guide For Domestic Violence Victims eBook
A Guide For Domestic Violence Victims in New Jersey
Help for New Jersey Domestic Violence Victims
If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, it is important to know that the law in New Jersey is on your side. You are not alone! In this step-by-step guide, attorney Bari Z. Weinberger walks you through the many forms of legal help available to women and men in New Jersey seeking assistance and protection in a domestic violence matter. With real-life examples and easy-to-follow instructions on how to file certain court forms, readers will:
- Learn when and how to seek police assistance and find safe shelter from an abuser.
- Understand the basics of filing for a New Jersey Temporary Restraining Order, including special considerations when children are involved.
- Find out what information and evidence judges look for when deciding whether or not to turn a TRO into a permanent order of protection.
- Gain practical advice and tips for staying safe, such as how to maintain a confidential address and how, if appropriate, to file for divorce.
- Learn how restraining orders granted in different states are enforced in New Jersey, and vice versa.
- Discover statewide and local resources available to help domestic victims rebuild their lives.
If you are the victim of domestic violence in New Jersey, legal help and protection is available! In clear, easy-to-follow language, A Guide For Domestic Violence Victims in New Jersey, provides empowering information to help you find the path to lasting safety. The book is also available on Amazon.
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Updated September 4, 2020
An act of domestic violence takes place every 7 seconds in New Jersey. Domestic violence doesn’t take time off, and this may be no more true than our upcoming holiday weekend. As crime statistics show, holidays like Labor Day puts victims of domestic abuse at greater risk for alcohol-fueled violence.
Are you or loved one in need of safety and protection? Help is available. Learn how to file for a restraining oder and access other fee help over the long holiday weekend.
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