#DVCounts: Child Support & Alimony For Domestic Violence Survivors Make Key Difference

September 13 is #DVCounts day, an important annual Census Day organized by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). All day long, organizations and survivors are sharing stories and data about the need for critical domestic violence resources.

According to the NNEDV’s DVCounts Annual Census Report (using statistics gathered on September 13, 2018), in New Jersey, over the course of a single day, survivors made 67 requests for services — including emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare, legal representation, and more — that could not be provided because programs did not have the resources to provide these services. The most frequently requested non-residential services that could not be provided were housing advocacy, legal representation, and financial assistance. 

Multiple that number by 365 and you have 24,455 survivors of domestic violence in New Jersey at risk for losing their chance to find safety and protection. 

These statistics are deeply troubling, and make it vital for our law firm to do even more outreach in our communities to make sure our FREE domestic violence legal resources are as widely available as possible. 

We also have a message for all survivors of domestic violence: you can get out, you can get your children out, and you can get money to live: 

  • You can apply for child support and alimony at the same time you apply for a temporary restraining order.
  • You can use support for housing, food, childcare and other necessities.
  • Your abuser does not get to find out where you are living just because they are making support payments. This is completely confidential. 
  • The courts can make your abuser pay your legal fees, including your attorney fees for legal representation.
  • If you are a victim of financial abuse, the courts can reinstate your access to your own money that your abuser may have been controlling or stolen from you.

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Learn about your rights and legal options by meeting with one of our compassionate family law attorneys for FREE. Please use our contact form or call us today at (888) 888-0919 to claim your free meeting. For added peace of mind, please note that you discuss with your attorney is COMPLETELY confidential.

Emergency Help for Domestic Violence Victims: Are you being abused by a spouse or intimate/domestic partner? For immediate help, call 911 or your local emergency services. For information regarding safe house shelters and other crisis services, contact the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 572-7233 (SAFE) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE).

 

 

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5 Immediate Safety Steps for Survivors of Domestic Violence

 

Abuse is not your fault, and you cannot make an abuser change. What you can do, however, is take back control of your own life, and take action to leave an abusive situation. 

You can be the change you need.

It’s #NOMOREWeek, and the theme for this annual domestic violence prevention and survivor advocacy week is something we believe strongly in: #ChangeHappensHere.

Many people feel paralyzed when they begin to think about leaving, but we want you to know that real steps are available to you right now to protect yourself and end violence and abuse in your life. 

Here are 5 powerful changes that can make all the difference for bringing safety to survivors of domestic violence.   Read more

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3 Proofs for Obtaining a Final Restraining Order

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Have you taken out a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against your abuser? This is a big step towards safety, and now it’s time to plan your next step: turning your TRO into a Final Restraining Order (FRO). Read more

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Divorcing An Abuser: 5 Steps to Getting Out Safely

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If you’re married to an abusive spouse, you’ve probably been conditioned to feel trapped and helpless. You may be financially dependent and wonder how you’ll support yourself and your children. No one should tolerate abuse, especially when children are involved. When divorcing an abuser, it’s critical that you plan your exit wisely — especially if your spouse has threatened you with physical harm to manipulate you into staying.

As scared and overwhelmed as you may feel right now, you and your children are likely to face greater harm if you stay. Here are 5 steps to help you get out of your abusive marriage safely: Read more

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Control and Manipulation: The Insidious Roots Of Domestic Abuse

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You don’t have to be physically battered to be a victim of domestic violence . No matter the type of abuse — physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, or financial – control and manipulation are at the core. So where’s the line between a garden-variety “control freak” and an abusive personality? Let’s take a look at some of the signs that point to domestic abuse. Read more

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Live Webinar: How To Get A Temporary Restraining Order

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Helping South Asian Victims of Domestic Violence Get They Need 

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Approximately 38 percent of women of South Asian origin living in the United States will experience domestic abuse by a spouse or partner. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate and any victim — whether a woman or man — can face immense personal hurtles in getting help. Additional challenges for victims of South Asian origin often include cultural, linguistic and economic barriers.

Hurtles are meant to be overcome, and all victims of domestic abuse deserve to leave an abusive situation. In this blog, we take a closer look at the unique challenges experienced by members of the South Asian community and the steps victims can take to get help. Read more

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You Can Make A Difference During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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In recognition of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group will participate in domestic abuse prevention and awareness activities taking place throughout the month. Would you like to participate? Check out our list of 2017 awareness month events. Each of us can make a difference. Please share this blog to help spread the word. Read more

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3 Ways To Recognize Financial Abuse

 

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Like any form of domestic violence between spouses or partners, the effects of financial abuse can be devastating. Are you experiencing financial or economic abuse by your partner or spouse? Here’s how to tell — and how to get help.  Read more

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Protecting the Future for Victims of Domestic Violence 

 

Safeguarding victims of domestic violence is a key mission for every member of our team. Today, we are delighted to congratulate and highlight family law attorney Jessica Ragno Sprague for living this value. Advocating on behalf of her client, a victim of domestic violence, Ms. Sprague successfully argued an appeal before the New Jersey Court of Appeals that has protected her client’s right to a full and fair final restraining order hearing.  Read more

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