According to a 2012 New Jersey State Police publication, there were 65,060 domestic violence offenses reported, including 38 murders. Arrests were made in 31% of the offenses, and children were present at 29% on the incidents. 75% percent of the victims were women.
In an effort to help people going through this process, the Monmouth County Court recently announced a domestic violence waiting room to assist individuals who have matters before the court. This unique program is one of the first in the state, and hopes to provide increased security and effective service by minimizing contact between parties. According to the announcement, the plaintiff will sign into an electronic kiosk system, which automatically notifies court staff of their arrival. A private, non-profit organization, 180 Turning Lives Around, is available in the waiting room to answer questions regarding domestic or sexual violence. The individual will remain in the waiting room area until they are escorted to the court for their hearing.
The New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-572-SAFE. Levinson Axelrod hopes this innovative program is successful and fully supports its implementation.