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.