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Prosecutors, judges will be trained how to better handle domestic violence cases under the new law

Governor Murphy signed new legislation into law, which expands training for judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement on the impact of domestic violence and on identifying the warning signs that an abuser may ultimately kill their victim. Back in November, Partners Melgily Valdez, Paralegal Supervisor, and Trish Perlmutter, Policy Counsel, offered testimony in support of these bills. During her testimony, Melgily pointed out "training for police officers is critical. This interaction with law enforcement is often the first time victims are able to seek assistance during one of the scariest and most traumatic moments of their lives." We would like to see expanded training to develop trauma-informed policing to better meet the needs of marginalized survivors....
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Female police officers wanted, and needed

Partners Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, and Partners Policy Analyst, Shana Kleiner, discuss the need for more female police officers, especially women of color, to better respond to New Jersey's epidemic of domestic and sexual violence. ...
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Domestic Violence Laws are not Strong Enough Family of Slain NJ Mom Says

Partners Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, discusses gaps in the implementation and enforcement of New Jersey's domestic violence laws and procedures in the wake of the murder of Yasemin Uyar in this Star Ledger article. ...
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Advocates for Good Podcast: Partners for Women and Justice with Sheri Hecht Leonard

Partners Trustee, Sheri Hecht Leonard, talks about Partners on the Advocates for Good podcast....
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Opinion: Undocumented Must Share in NJ’s COVID Stimulus, Jobless Aid

This Letter to the Editor by Partners’ Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, discusses the need to include undocumented survivors of domestic violence in NJ’s COVID stimulus....
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Help Me 2 Understand Podcast: Episode 5 COVID-19 and Its Impact on Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Partners’ Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, talks about domestic violence and the COVID-19 pandemic on the Help Me 2 Understand podcast....
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Report: Impact of COVID-19 Intensifies the Shadow Pandemic of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Partners and Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice with assistance from McCarter & English, LLP, have released a report that examines the possible causes for the heightened prevalence and severity of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the responses of state and social service agencies....
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Opinion: New Jersey Prison Release Bill has Serious Domestic Violence Flaw

Partners Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, wrote this opinion piece that discusses the New Jersey prison release bill pending in the State Assembly. The bill is necessary to protect inmates from COVID-19, but the bill in its current form fails to adequately protect domestic violence victims.  Neither a prison sentence nor a prison release should threaten the health and safety of any resident of the Garden State....
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COVID made it harder for domestic violence victims to get restraining orders. That’s changed.

Partners Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter, is featured in this article which discusses challenges that victims faced in obtaining temporary restraining orders during COVID-19 and the changes made by the courts....
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No Contempt Charges Under Criminal Justice Reform Act, NJ High Court Rules

On July 20, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that defendants who violate pretrial release conditions cannot be charged with criminal contempt. State v. Antoine McCray; State v. Sahaile Gabourel (2020). However, the Court accepted the argument advanced by Partners, as a friend of the court, that no-contact orders must be fully enforceable in order to protect victims of domestic violence. This means that the Court carved out an exception to the holding allowing prosecutors to charge defendants with contempt if they violate no-contact orders. This decision will help deter violations of no-contact orders and protect victims of domestic violence....
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