• Domestic Violence, Is It A Part of Your Life?
  • June 7, 2010 | Author: Albertina Webb
  • Law Firm: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. - Woodbridge Office
  • Domestic Violence can be subtle or it can be so violent, there can be no dispute that you are the victim or the victimizer.  One of the most common misunderstandings about domestic violence is that if someone isn’t hit or they don’t hit someone, that it’s not domestic violence. 

    Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the following constitute domestic violence:

    1. harassment.

    2. assault

    3. terroristic threats

    4. kidnapping

    5. criminal restraint

    6. false imprisonment

    7. sexual assault.

    8. criminal sexual assault

    9. lewdness

    10. criminal mischief

    11. criminal trespass

    12. stalking

    In fact, in the State of New Jersey the majority of the cases that are categorized under domestic violence, full under harassment, not under assault.  Harassment can be anything from a constant course of conduct such as calling someone or being called vulgar names, constantly knocking or belittling someone.   New Jersey has defined harassment as a constant course of communication that is annoying or alarming to its recipient and places someone in fear for their safety or well-being.

    Some examples of domestic violence:

    • slapping, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling hair, punching, pinching or any other physical attack that causes harm or fear

    • burning or choking another

    • inability to leave a space, your car, home, room, closet, for any period of time, against your will

    • threats and statements that make you fear for your life or cause you fear of serious injury to yourself or your children

    • you are taken and removed from your home, work or anyplace else and not permitted to leave

    • you are forced or force other to engage in sexual contact or rape with threats of harm to yourself or to others

    • repeatedly being the subject of verbal attacks or humiliation, being knocked or knocking another’s person, personality, character

    You must immediately report such behavior to the police and let them know of prior instances of such behavior as well.  A report will be generated.  Read it carefully - if it does not accurately report what you have recited, you must have revisions made to accurately reflect what you have been experiencing.