NJ Women’s Clubs’ Charitable Drive Brings Attention to NJ Domestic Abuse Shelters

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

A New Brunswick, NJ, news outlet reported a collection of more than 15,000 personal care items and more than $1,000 in gift cards to be distributed to domestic abuse shelters throughout NJ. The New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, founded in 1894 and headquartered at Douglass College, accomplished their charitable campaign on the 2024 Martin Luther King holiday. Their efforts highlight the continuing need to provide safe, temporary safe housing and counseling services to victims of domestic abuse across NJ. If you or a family member are experiencing domestic abuse, then contact the experienced attorneys with the Lento Law Firm Family Law Team at 888.535.3686 to take legal action now.

Safety from Abusers in Shelters Is Only the First Step

Spousal Abuse in NJ is one of the most common forms of domestic abuse. Spousal abuse is not only physical assault or sexual abuse but can also include emotional injury caused by threats, harassment, and stalking. Preventing a spouse from leaving the home or engaging in normal activities can also be a form of abuse known as restraint or imprisonment. If a spouse is injured by the assault, or a temporary restraining order has been violated by the abuser, then a police officer may be called to the home to make an arrest.

Domestic abuse shelters can also provide temporary care for families. Children are deeply affected by domestic abuse, and entire families may stay together and find temporary safety in a shelter. There are thirty-seven women and family violence shelters operating throughout NJ to provide short term solutions to persons fleeing domestic violence. It is important to remember that a shelter is only an emergency and temporary solution to the problem of abuse. It is vital to contact legal professionals with experience in family law to take the next steps towards a long-term resolution of domestic abuse.

Emergency Restraining Orders Against Abusers

In instances where a judge has good reason to believe that a person is in danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence or already has, then a temporary restraining order can be issued against the abuser without the abuser being present. Final restraining orders can be implemented after a hearing in which all parties have input. These are considered permanent and usually do not have a specific end date. Final orders may contain more detailed and extensive provisions than temporary restraining orders.

Violation of a final restraining order may amount to a crime in New Jersey. Obtaining both a temporary and a final restraining order to more permanently protect against domestic abuse requires the assistance of trained legal professionals to represent the legal rights of the abused party. If you or your loved ones are facing the trauma of domestic abuse, then protect your safety and your rights by making contact today with the Lento Law Firm Family Law Team at 888.535.3686.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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