MAYS LANDING-As we observe October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, ACPO’s Victim Witness Coordinator Raymond Royster has a message:
“Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, but we can all help put an end to it by learning, acting, and caring.”
“Domestic Violence is an unfortunate issue that plagues all communities. Atlantic County has been no exception. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy are dedicated to working with all victims of domestic violence throughout Atlantic County and developing strong relationships within the community to let citizens know that there is help and that they are not alone,” Coordinator Royster said.
As of this month, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, is assisting 902 new domestic violence victim cases.
These cases can include: warranted domestic violence disorderly offenses, violation of restraining orders and indicatable offenses. Last year, the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy serviced a total of 1,071 Domestic Violence victims. In 2016, the Office assisted 766 Domestic Violence victims.
In 2016, in New Jersey there were 63,420 domestic violence offenses reported by the police, a 3 percent increase compared to the 61,659 reported in 2015, according to data based on domestic violence offense reports submitted to the New Jersey Uniform Crime Reporting System by every New Jersey law enforcement agency. According to this data, included in the 34th Annual Report on Domestic Violence in New Jersey, arrests were made in 31 percent (19,472) of the offenses reported for 2016, an increase of 1 percent when compared to arrests made in 2015.
“The Victim Witness Unit works directly with the victims of domestic violence as well as community organizations to assist and support clients at the ground level. One month is nowhere near enough time to spread awareness to those in need,” Coordinator Royster said.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.