Domestic violence is a problem that permeates all levels of society. This is why there are local resources available to help domestic violence victims start their new life.
Getting help in New Jersey
Emergency, immediate support is provided through your local police. They can also help you start your journey to a temporary restraining order. This prohibits abusers from contacting their victims and children.
If you need help finding a safe place, our state has the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). This hotline is available all day, every day, and it is confidential. They can connect you with your local domestic violence programs and referrals for county services. Services can include housing and rental assistance, basic needs support (closing, food, hygiene, etc.), victim advocacy, transportation, mental health services, children’s services, medical services and translation services.
Resources in Burlington County
Providence Housing, which is run by Catholic Charities is available locally. In addition, Burlington County Family Service is also available. Services in other counties can also be accessed through the Women’s Referral Central Hotline at 1-800-322-8092.
Getting out of an abusive marriage
If you are married to your abuser, you have options to end your marriage. But, there are several steps you will need to take to get out. First, plan your escape and how you will leave safely. Make sure you have all of your important documents, like birth certificates, driver’s license, etc. Do not forget medications.
Next, file for the restraining order. In addition to providing protection, it can also help set up temporary custody, alimony, child support, etc.
Then, file for an annulment, legal separation or divorce, depending on your situation. Each is done through the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, in the county where you reside.
Do not forget to seek support and counseling. You have gone through a traumatic event that will likely have lasting physical and psychological consequences.