The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Employees of the Atlantic County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office gathered in purple clothing to support the important focus.

They did so to demonstrate unity and support for the more than 10 million people across America who are the victims of Domestic violence.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Will Reynolds said the following:

“Domestic violence victims continue to receive assistance from ACPO's victim witness advocates who provide court accompaniment, crisis intervention, advocacy, and social service resource referrals among a myriad of other
supports,” said Reynolds.

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The domestic violence statistics are troubling:

In 2022, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has provided public service to 1,197 victims, including 281 victims that involved violations in cases where a restraining order has been issued.

“2019 saw a total of 748 domestic violence cases, and in 2020, the total amounted to 773,” said Reynolds.

“This marks an approximately 55%-60% increase in reported indictable domestic violence crimes in Atlantic County within the past three years,” concluded Reynolds.

It should be noted that the statistics that are compiled, only reflect reported crime. The reality is even more harsh, as an unknown percentage of domestic violence victims do not report their crimes to law-enforcement.

SOURCE: Atlantic County Prosecutor Will Reynolds.

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