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The governor of New Jersey has issued a proclamation declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. As such, the state of New Jersey is offering tips and resources for domestic violence victims and their families.

Recognized nationally as a public health issue, domestic violence affects millions of families across the nation, including thousands in the state of New Jersey alone. Survivors of this heinous act often experience lifelong effects, ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to serious physical impairments sustained from broken bones, head trauma, and other injuries.

New Jersey offers multiple resources for victims to obtain help. Some services offered are relocation to safe houses, victim advocacy in a courtroom, counseling and therapy, and training to help victims get back on their feet. It is estimated that in the state of New Jersey alone, a domestic violence occurrence happens every 8 minutes and 52 seconds. Fatal occurrences increased by 16% between 2014 and 2015 alone.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there is help available. In addition to state resources, an experienced attorney can assist in getting protective orders in place where the threat or occurrence of harm is imminent, as well as seeking justice for domestic violence offenders. He or she can be a victim’s greatest advocate. A victim should never have to feel alone. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can be of help tom people facing such situations. These types of situations can be extremely stressful and challenging for victims, but they are not alone in the fight against domestic violence.