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As the weather gets hotter, domestic violence increases

In New Jersey, along with the rest of the United States, domestic violence is common. Women, and sometimes men, are abused in many relationships, including dating relationships and marriages. A recent new article made the connection between an increase in domestic violence and the rising temperatures of summer.

A domestic violence shelter in California claims that when the heat increases, the number of people who seek their help also rises. They believe that the season's high temperatures can make people more irritable and more likely to lash out at their partners. People seem to have less tolerance when the weather is hotter, thus making them more likely to abuse their children or partner.

With the summer heat upon us, New Jersey residents may be experiencing an increase in domestic violence. If a person or his or her child is facing emotional abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse, he or she can feel scared and alone. Consulting with a legal professional skilled in family law can help them determine what their options are to keep their family safe from the abuser. They can do everything possible to make sure the family stays safe, including obtaining a restraining order. The attorneys are skilled at using the system to make sure a family is safe from their abuser.

Domestic violence is a problem that plagues many families across New Jersey. Victims often feel scared to do anything for fear that their abuser will be more inclined to continue or escalate the abuse. Legal resources are available to help these families escape the violence and rebuild their lives.

Source: ABC 30, "Heat may be behind an increase of domestic violence," Amanda Venegas, June 2, 2014

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