BE SAFE, PLAN AHEAD
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Victims of domestic violence may face numerous risks on a daily basis, but planning ahead can enhance safety during or after a violent incident. Please contact DASI for an appointment, or call the 24-hour Helpline for assistance in developing a personalized safety plan for you and your family.
This brief outline may help you get started:
Safety planning with a restraining order, or when your partner has left the home:
Safety and your emotional health:
It is often the case that an act of sexual violence will surprise the victim. The offender may be someone known to the victim or a stranger. The following guidelines are helpful for keeping an individual safe from someone who is intent on doing harm.
Common sense things we sometimes forget:
You should be especially alert if the person you are with:
Trust your instincts;
if a place or person feels unsafe, it probably is.
Act confidently and assured. Offenders target vulnerable individuals.
Following a sexual assault the victim may feel unsafe. Call the DASI HELPLINE, 973-875-1211, when you feel unsafe or need to safety plan.
Safety in Your Own Residence
In New Jersey, a groundbreaking law has gone into effect as of May 2016. The Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act (SASPA), allows for victims of nonconsensual sexual assault to file for a protective order against the person that assaulted them.
Similar to a regular restraining order that can be filed in a domestic violence incident, a victim through SASPA first obtains a Temporary Protective Order and then applies for a Final Protective Order, which is filed in the Superior Court.
The following are factors a judge must find for a final protective order:
1) one or more acts of nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual penetration, lewdness, or any attempt at such conduct at the alleged victim
2) the possibility of future risk of the safety or well-being of the alleged victim
This order can provide immediate relief to a survivor of sexual assault and prohibits the pursuant from any and all forms of contact and communication with the sufferer. If the accused is found to be guilty of nonconsensual sexual assault then a Final Protective Order can be issued. A final protective order will protect a victim’s well being from the possibility of danger from the same assailant and the possibility of future risk of any contact, communication, stalking, and harassment, including cyber-bullying.