Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors used to establish and maintain control over a current or former intimate partner. Domestic Violence may include emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, as well as use of the children, isolation and overall intimidation by the abusive partner. NJCEDV recognizes that men and women may be victims of domestic violence, however, women are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, based on a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
NJCEDV believes that domestic violence is preventable through coordinated community responses that implement strategies that help protect victims and children, that hold offenders accountable, and that create a culture that does not tolerate violence, abuse and/or discrimination in any form. The first step in helping to address this issue, is to learn more.