Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight has introduced legislation to help make more New Jersey residents aware of resources available to assist domestic violence victims and their families.
“Our state has made strides when it comes to establishing resources to help victims of domestic violence – including a 24-hour hotline, legal and financial services, counseling services, child services and housing services – but if those who need them don’t know they exist, the resources cannot serve anyone,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “In a perfect world, no one would ever have to use these services, but the painful reality is that too many New Jersey residents do. By increasing awareness, we can help victims escape and recover from abusive situations.”
The legislation (AJR-162) would designate the third full week in March as “Domestic Violence Services Awareness Week” in an effort to raise awareness of services available to domestic violence victims in New Jersey.
One of out every three women and one out of every four men has experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. While almost 40 organizations in New Jersey offer advocacy, services and assistance to domestic violence victims and their families, victims may not be aware such resources exist, McKnight said.
The measure was referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.