According to a recent New Jersey State Police report, there were 61,659 domestic violence offenses reported by police in 2015, or about 6.8 incidents per 1,000 New Jersey residents. This represented a slight decrease from the 62,055 domestic violence incidents that were reported in 2014. Of these domestic violence offenses, assault and harassment made up 43 percent of the incidents reported and domestic violence offenses against women made up 74 percent of the total incidents. Additionally, only 31 percent of NJ domestic violence incidents led to arrests.
A quick analysis of these New Jersey domestic violence statistics shows that the rate of domestic violence is rising in various areas of the state. Based on the estimated populations of towns with more than 5,000 people, here is a top-25 list of domestic violence municipalities: 25. Galloway Township (Atlantic County); 24. East Orange (Essex County); 23. Washington Township (Warren County); 22. Neptune Township (Monmouth County); 21. Middle Township (Cape May County); 20. Edgewater Park Township (Burlington County); 19. Somers Point (Atlantic County); 18. Atlantic City (Atlantic County); 17. Palmyra Borough (Burlington County); 16. Mount Holly Township (Burlington County); 15. Paulsboro Borough (Gloucester County); 14. Pennsville Township (Salem County); 13. Brigantine (Atlantic County); 12. Penn Hill Borough (Camden County); 11. Washington Borough (Warren County); 10. Ventnor (Atlantic County); 9. Pemberton Township (Burlington County); 8. Millville (Cumberland County); 7. Bound Brook (Somerset County); 6. Hamilton Township (Atlantic County); 5. Camden City (Camden County); 4. Haledon (Passaic County); 3. Phillipsburg (Warren County); 2. Bridgeton (Cumberland County); and 1. Keansburg (Monmouth County).
Victims of domestic violence often need to seek temporary restraining orders (TROs) and final restraining orders (FROs) in order to keep themselves and their family members safe from violence and abuse.
Domestic Violence Statistics in New Jersey
It goes without saying that domestic violence is a pervasive problem in New Jersey. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you don’t have to go through the ordeal alone. In fact, the New Jersey domestic violence attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are always available to help you with the process of obtaining a temporary restraining order and a final restraining order. The experienced restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm have assisted countless clients and helped them navigate the New Jersey family court system, including the process of applying to get a temporary restraining order, preparing for a final restraining order hearing, and ultimately obtaining a final restraining order. We are ready to help you 24/7.