TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have advanced legislation that creates a limited self-defense justification for domestic violence victims who use force to protect themselves.

The measure would make some evidence regarding domestic violence restraining orders admissible and relevant in determining whether such force was justifiable during a specific incident. It would apply in cases where a person protected by an order used force against someone who is the subject of that order.

The Assembly passed the measure earlier this month and sent it to the senate, where it has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.

But that panel has not yet scheduled a hearing on the proposal.

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  2. LawWatch says:

    More unthinking garbage from New Jersey’s illiterate and corrupt politicians; a perfect cover story for women to falsely accuse her husband of abuse, get a restraining order, and then murder him with the full protection of the law.and get away with it, his children and his property. It’ll be challenged and thrown out by the supreme court eventually.

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