DANCER BILL THAT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS CLEARS COMMITTEE Domestic violence victims on whose behalf a restraining order has been entered would receive additional protections under a bipartisan bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. “Fear, intimidation and threats are an abuser’s most lethal weapons against a victim of domestic violence. Even when a perpetrator is arrested, convicted and jailed, the victim continues to live in fear that the person who harmed them will, upon their release, return to do further damage,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “It’s important for victims to be aware of their abuser’s status for their own protection and peace of mind.” The bill, A-3544, would expand the use of the VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) system to automatically notify a domestic violence victim when the status of the person who is the subject of a restraining order has changed, including when the person is released from custody, discharged or transferred from custody or when the defendant has been released on bail. It also requires that the victim’s location remain confidential and not appear on any documents or records which the defendant has access. VINE, New Jersey’s computer automated victim notification service, provides a 24-hour hotline and website for victims of crime, their families and others who are concerned about the custody status and expected releases dates of offenders in county jails, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Corrections Parole Actions. The measure is also sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen.
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