NJCEDV works to ensure that the needs and concerns of victims and survivors of domestic violence are represented through a variety of state level advocacy efforts. The Coalition advocates for effective legislation, responsive governmental interventions and services, and funding levels that promote the elimination of domestic violence in our communities.
July 2, 2018 Governor Murphy Maintains Funding for Domestic Violence Services
Governor Phil Murphy signed the FY2019 State Budget maintaining funding for emergent and life-saving domestic violence services in New Jersey. As part of a budget that also increased funding for sexual violence and other women’s services, this budget helps to ensure that victims and survivors across the state will have access to 24-hour helplines and emergency safe housing in all 21 counties.
NJCEDV is grateful to Governor Murphy, our leaders in the Legislature, and domestic violence advocates for prioritizing the needs of survivors throughout the budget process.
In 2017, domestic violence providers:
- Answered 94,855 hotline calls
- Sheltered 3,420 victims and children
- Provided 6,179 Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) interventions
- Provided counseling, case management, and legal advocacy to 16,085 clients
- Provided 3,354 trainings for 237,208 professionals, community members, and students
Allocated state funding enables domestic violence providers to maintain programming, and ensures that communities across NJ have access to domestic violence support, information and services.
NJCEDV provides updates and information regarding current and pending public policy, as well as technical assistance and education for survivors, advocates and concerned citizens interested in engaging in policy and legislative advocacy.
On June 13, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of firearms bills into law in an effort to reduce gun violence in NJ.
- A1181/S160 amends current law to require that licensed mental health practitioners exercise their duty to warn and protect by alerting law enforcement if there is imminent risk that a patient/client may harm themselves or someone else. Law enforcement will then ascertain if the individual has a firearms identification card, permit to purchase, or other license to carry.
- A1217/S795, the “Extreme Risk Protective Order Act” authorizes courts to issue gun violence protective orders to individuals who pose a significant risk of personal injury to themselves or others by possessing or owning a firearm. The order prohibits the person who the order is filed against fro securing or possessing any permit or license allowing firearm possession.
- A2757/S2374 strengthens the safety of firearm transfers by requiring background checks on individuals who are purchasing from or being transferred firearms by private dealers. Now private dealers are required to conduct retail transactions through a licensed firearm dealer who is required to perform background checks when making sales.
- A2758/S2376 amends the requirements by defining justifiable need to require a showing of specific threats or previous attacks that demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life.
- A2759/S2245 adds armor piercing ammunition to the list of ammunition that is prohibited in NJ.
- A2761/S102 reduces the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds.
A1827/S2559 requires employers to provide earned sick leave to employees that may be used to care for themselves or a family member when sick, to take time off to attend to children’s school activities, as well all to take time off to address their or a family member’s needs related to domestic or sexual violence. (signed into law May 2018)