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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (2C:25-19)
NIBRS Status:Testing
Additional IBR Elements:No
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:Incident-based

State Summary

New Jersey's domestic violence legislation includes same-sex relationships. Although the state does not collect NIBRS data, the New Jersey State Police requires all 566 law enforcement agencies to submit domestic violence incident reports on a monthly basis. These data are included in semiannual crime reports, which are available online.

The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women collects summary domestic violence data from all state domestic violence shelter programs and one non-residential domestic violence program using a standard reporting form, which is submitted monthly. Data are available on its Web site and are submitted to the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Youth and Family Services.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division on Women collects sexual assault data from all state rape care programs. Programs submit sexual assault incident reports for each client, as well as year-end program performance reports. These data are shared with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which posts them on its Web site, and with the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, which is also housed in the Division on Women. The data are used in reports that are available on its Web site.

State Projects

  • Evaluation of SANE/SART Program
    The Office of the Attorney General's Department of Law and Public Safety is conducting an evaluation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE/SART) program operating statewide. The Office is gathering charging and sentencing data for the final analysis. A final evaluation report will be available.

  • International Exchange Program
    Strengthen Our Sisters provides training to international visitors interested in learning how to start and run a domestic violence shelter.

  • Self-sufficiency Women's Action Network (SWAN)
    Operated by Strengthen Our Sisters, SWAN is designed to provide job training and employment opportunities through the creation of SWAN businesses. The women are encouraged to participate as part of their plan to gain self-sufficiency and independence from their batterers and the welfare system. The businesses provide opportunities for job training and funds to employ some of the women and operate the shelter. Participants in SWAN also receive computer training, workshops in self-sufficiency, budgeting, resume writing, and job interview skills, and a car so they can get to and from work or school.

  • Available Reports

    General Crime

    • New Jersey State Police. (Annual). Uniform crime report. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General's Division of Criminal Justice.

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Violence Against Women

    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The New Jersey State Police collects these domestic violence incident reports from law enforcement:

    The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women collects monthly statistics on victims and services using this spreadsheet:

    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division on Women collects information on each incident as reported by local rape care grantees using this form:

    P>The New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board collects victim information using this form:

    Available Data

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Links to State Agencies and Resources