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Economic Harassment Constitutes Domestic Violence

Copy-of-Fotolia_80752093_L-768x512.jpgIn C.G. v. E.G., Judge Jones found that economic harassment constitutes domestic violence under New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19(a), reasoning that "an ex-partner's acts of obstructing, interfering with, or threatening to endanger one's job and economic stability can be as fear-inducing to a victim as physical abuse." In the instant case, the defendant interfered with plaintiff's employment by calling plaintiff's workplace without her consent, bothering her employer as well as the employer's wife and humiliating plaintiff by alleging that she and the employer were engaged in an affair. The defendant also had a history of being both verbally and physically abusive towards the plaintiff. Ultimately, Judge Jones found that the defendant's attempted interference with plaintiff's employment constituted purposeful harassment and coercion. Additionally, he provided several examples of economic harassment, including: 1) making threats to contact the victim's place of employment in an attempt to get the victim fired; 2) contacting the place of employment in order to jeopardize the victim's job security; and 3) repeatedly appearing uninvited at the victim's place of employment and creating a disturbance. Therefore, C.G. v. E.G.underscores how New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is not limited to physical abuse and can include acts of economic harassment and coercion. 

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