The New Jersey State Police recently released the 33rd Annual Domestic Violence report. It shows that, although domestic violence for 2015 was slightly lower than the previous year (down one percent), there are still locations that are troubling. These crimes signal the end of a relationship. After an episode of domestic violence, no matter the circumstances, it is advisable to seek a divorce.
Select Towns in New Jersey With High Domestic Violence Rates
Towns in Atlantic County had more than the usual rates of domestic violence. For instance, the small town of Buena Borough had only 172 such criminal incidents, but taken as a percentage of the population, it had the highest rate in the state – 37.7 offenses reported per thousand people (RPK). Hamilton Township was not far from that with 25.2 incidents per thousand and Ventnor saw 23.3 out of every thousand involved in a domestic violence situation. Galloway Township, Brigantine, Somers Point, and Atlantic City each had between 17 and 20 incidents of domestic violence per thousand residents.
Burlington County too had several towns ranking among the highest in New Jersey, with Pemberton Township leading at 23.4 offenses per thousand. Trailing this were Mount Holly Township (20.6), Palmyra Borough (20.4), and Edgewater Park Township (19.0).
Camden County also experienced high domestic violence rates with 26.9 out of every thousand persons committing these crimes in Camden City. Pine Hill Borough likewise had 22.5 per thousand involved in a domestic crime.
Cumberland County showed similar troubling statistics. Bridgeton experienced one of the highest rates in the state at 30 per thousand and Millville was not far behind at 24.9. A few other towns are worth noting. Paulsboro Borough in Gloucester County (21.3) and Pennsville Township in Salem County (21.4) both had high incidents of in-home violence.
As the New Jersey State Police report pointed out, alcohol or drugs were involved in one-quarter of reported incidents. In addition, some trends may help anyone facing domestic violence in their home. The most common day of the week for these incidents is Sunday and the most common hours are between 8:00 PM and midnight. Children were either present or involved in nearly one-third of these cases, with women being the victim three-quarters of the time. The most commonly reported domestic crimes were assault, followed by harassment and criminal mischief. Criminal mischief occurs when someone breaks objects in the home or attempts to break into the home after a restraining order has been issued.
Cherry Hill Divorce Lawyers at the Hartman Group Help Victims of Domestic Violence
The Cherry Hill divorce lawyers at the Hartman Group are here to help when domestic disputes become violent. If you need out of such a marriage and live anywhere near Cherry Hill, Moorestown, or Haddonfield, New Jersey, contact us online or call 856-235-4511 for a confidential consultation.