How does New Jersey enforce domestic violence laws?
In January, New Jersey Gov, Chris Christie signed into law a measure that limits access to firearms for individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence offenses or are under restraining orders. This move comes after the governor vetoed an earlier version of the bill last May.
While that measure had
Gov. Christie said in a statement that “survivors of domestic violence will be safe than ever before,”
According to some observers, however, his record in this regard on gun control is mixed. Case in point: During his first term in office, Christie proposed banning sales of .50 caliber rifles in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, but dropped his support of the ban during his
Nonetheless, the reworked version of the law includes provisions that increase penalties for domestic violence offenses, with maximums for repeat offenders. The measure had the backing of former U.S. Rep Gabby Giffords who was shot several years ago at a political event in Arizona. Gifford and her husband,
“Today, the Garden State has become a safer place to live,” they said in a statement.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can occur in any relationship whether by a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, relative or roommate. This crime can include harassment, assault, terroristic threats and sexual abuse. If you have been victimized emotionally, physically or sexually, you should immediately call law enforcement. It is also crucial to ask the court for an Order of Protection to ensure your safety. On the other hand, if you are facing domestic violence charges, you should retain a criminal defense attorney.