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N.J. Measures Would Aid Domestic Violence Victims

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that proponents say would increase both the protections and rights of domestic violence victims in New Jersey has advanced in the Assembly.

One measure in the three-bill package would impose tougher bail conditions for those accused of violating domestic violence-related restraining.

The others would extend protections for domestic abuse victims who have had to break leases and create a self-defense justification–in some cases for victims who use force to protect themselves from abusers.

The Judiciary Committee approved all three measures Thursday, and they now head to the full Assembly for its consideration. Dates for those votes have not yet been scheduled, but officials say it could happen by month’s end.

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