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What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

Last Updated: 10/26/2020

If you are in danger, call 911 right away.

Isolation is one of the most significant factors that leads to an increase in domestic violence and safety risks. Don't let social distancing mean social isolation.

If you are - or someone you know is – living in fear of intimate partner violence, call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233).

The hotline provides confidential access to domestic violence information and services, including crisis intervention, referral, and advocacy. It is bilingual and accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired.

Those who may be having suicidal thoughts should call 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (855-654-6735).

Legal Help

Filing for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) during COVID-19

  1. Due to COVID-19, courthouses are operating primarily remotely. Call or go to the county courthouse during normal court hours. It can be in the county where you live, where the defendant lives, where the act of violence took place, or in the county where you are seeking shelter. Contact a local courthouse. An individual who wishes to apply for a restraining order remotely, without going to a courthouse, can call the Family Division. The Family Division in each county will have a telephone number posted on their web page to contact the court to apply for a restraining order.
  2. Contact your local police department if you need a restraining order after normal court hours. They can help you ask a municipal court judge to issue a TRO. Read Directive #19-20 for more information.

For additional information, visit the New Jersey Courts' Domestic Violence information page.

You can also access free legal assistance through Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ). Learn more by visiting their site, or get advice, referrals, and information through their hotline by calling 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529) or by visiting www.LSNJLawHotline.org.

Additional Resources

  • Project S.A.R.A.H (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) at (973) 777-7638 operates within an environment that is sensitive to a victim's cultural and religious needs, serving as a bridge between abuse victims in the Orthodox community and support systems and resources. The program connects victims and survivors with a broad array of services, including pro bono legal consultations, evaluations, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, as well as emotional, financial and vocational support.
  • Bolo Behen (Speak Sister) at (201) 795-5757 works with different faith-based leaders throughout Hudson County, collaborating with leaders of temples, mosques, Islamic centers, Gurudwaras, and more. Using culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, Bolo Behen builds trust with clients and creates an environment where South Asian women feel safe, respected, and understood.
  • The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) connects individuals affected by sexual violence with professionals that provide assistance and referrals. Calls to the NJCASA hotline at 1-800-601-7200 are routed to the closest rape crisis care center. NJCASA is the collective voice for victims of sexual violence, their loved ones and rape crisis centers across New Jersey.
  • The Women's Referral Central Hotline at 1-800-322-8092 provides comprehensive information, referrals, active listening, and crisis response for issues confronting New Jersey residents, including but not limited to: child care, discrimination, displaced homemaker, divorce, employment, housing, job training, legal assistance, single parenting, and social services.
  • The New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program Hotline at 1-877-218-9133 provides access to domestic violence information and services, including application procedures referral and advocacy.

Additional domestic violence services can be found through the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

Source: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/women/hotlines/