Definition of Domestic Violence

Campus Police Department

Definition of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following criminal offenses upon a person protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act:

Homicide N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1   Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1
Terroristic threats N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3   Kidnapping N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1
Criminal Restraint N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2   False imprisonment N.J.S.A. 2C:13-3
Sexual assault N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2   Lewdness N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4
Criminal sexual contact N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3   Criminal mischief N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3
Burglary N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2   Criminal trespass N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3
Harassment N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4   Stalking N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10

Stalking has been added as an enumerated offense. Stalking is defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10b as follows:

A person is guilty of stalking, a crime of the fourth degree, if he purposely and repeatedly follows another person and engages in a course of conduct or makes a credible threat with the intent of annoying or placing that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury.

Harassment is defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 as follows:

...a person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:

a.  Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse  language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;

 b.  Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or

 c.  Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.