We all know that domestic violence is an increasing problem in New Jersey. While the causes of domestic violence are complex, research shows a growing connection between substance and alcohol abuse and violence in families. The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that 40 to 60% of domestic violence incidents also involve drug or alcohol abuse. In New Jersey, we're also seeing this problem, with the state police reporting that at least one-quarter of reported domestic violence incidents in New Jersey also involve drug abuse.
Domestic Violence in New Jersey
In New Jersey, domestic violence goes far beyond assault. You can also face charges for domestic violence for related charges like:
- Sexual assault,
- Criminal restraint,
- False imprisonment,
- Criminal sexual contact,
- Homicide, and
- Other related crimes.
These crimes qualify as domestic violence based on your relationship with the victim. If you are married or living together, intimate partners, family or household members, or have a child together, you have a domestic relationship that qualifies these crimes as domestic violence under New Jersey law.
Domestic Violence Treatment for Drug Abuse
New Jersey courts are aware of the research linking substance abuse and domestic violence. As a result, courts regularly include drug treatment and domestic violence counseling as conditions of release, probation, and diversion programs after a conviction for domestic violence. There are even drug addiction treatment programs in New Jersey developed for those with a history of domestic violence. These programs work to reduce recidivism in the domestic violence arena and combat sources of drug addiction.
Drug abuse treatment programs for those convicted of domestic violence should include group and individual counseling, exploring any family history of domestic violence, abuse, or mental illness, as well as anger management and conflict resolution. Domestic violence counseling programs will also tackle:
- Helping you identify your potentially abusive behaviors,
- Preventing future violence and promoting victim safety,
- Teaching you conflict resolution with alternatives to violence and abuse,
- Educating you about how abuse and addiction impact children and families,
- Helping you examine attitudes or biases you may have that lead to violence.
Together, domestic violence counseling and drug treatment can help you tackle a complex problem and get your life back.
You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you're struggling with a substance abuse issue and facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey, help is available. You need someone protecting your rights in the criminal justice system and ensuring you get the treatment you need. For the best possible results in your case, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side like Attorney Joseph D. Lento. Attorney Lento and the experienced Criminal Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm have been handling New Jersey domestic violence and criminal defense cases for years, and they can help you too. Give the Lento Law Firm a call today at 888.535.3686, or contact them online to schedule your consultation.