N.J. Assembly grants approval for NJ SAFE Act for domestic violence victims

TRENTON – The full New Jersey Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats that will provide more financial security to victims of domestic violence.

The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act, or the “NJ SAFE Act,” will give victims an extra 20 days off from work, within the year following a domestic violence incident. Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Gabriela Mosquera, Celeste Riley, and Daniel Benson are sponsoring this bill, that will allow employees, employee’s children, parents, spouse, or civil union or domestic partners to receive this benefit.

The leave time is intended for victims to seek medical attention for physical or psychological injuries caused by the incident. This includes any counseling, safety planning, temporary or permanent relocation, time to seek legal counsel, time to prepare for court hearings, and services provided by a victim services organization.

“Domestic violence cases can present a huge disruption to a victim’s life,” said Fuentes. “By providing additional leave time, hopefully we can give domestic violence victims increased support to overcome a very trying situation.”

Now, the measure will head to the governor’s office for further action.