Assembly Women and Children

The Assembly Women and Children Committee handles issues concerning the status of women and families and the welfare of children.
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Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday.

The bill (A-1946), sponsored by Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle and Mosquera, would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991."

In doing so, the bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment.

"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Bolster Rental and Lease Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Clears Committee

Bill Sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mosquera, Wimberly, Jimenez and Pintor Marin
(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Wimberly, Jimenez and Pintor Marin to provide rental and lease protections for domestic violence victims.

The bill (A-916) is designed to enhance the protections offered under the "New Jersey Safe Housing Act" by prohibiting a landlord from terminating a tenancy, failing to renew a tenancy, or refusing to enter into a rental agreement due to a tenant's or prospective tenant's status as a domestic violence victim.

"Victims of domestic violence must deal with their life being thrown into upheaval," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The last thing they need is to have their home uprooted through no fault of their own."

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Panel Approves Assembly Democratic Bills to Boost Protections for Domestic Violence Victims & Expecting Women in Crisis

Bills Sponsored by Assembly members Mosquera, Singleton, Moriarty and Lampitt to Establish a New Crime of Committing an Act Domestic Violence in front of Children and Provides Access to temporary Housing for Pregnant Women in Certain Crises
(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Troy Singleton, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt to increase protections for victims of domestic violence in New Jersey by making it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of children and directing an agency to find voluntary temporary placement for expecting moms and children who are not safe at home due to a crisis situation.

"Both measures are critical to ensuring domestic violence victims are better protected by law going forward," said Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), who is sponsor of both bills. "By creating new law which holds domestic violence offenders accountable for their actions in front of children, we send the message that domestic violence, especially in the presence of children, is abhorrent and will not be tolerated under New Jersey law."

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Monday Assembly Committees

Assembly committees will meet Monday to consider legislation the following bils...

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