Months have passed since Hurricane Sandy swept up devastation throughout
various states, including New Jersey. Now, reports about domestic violence
suggest that more damage was done by the superstorm than the damage to
people's homes, businesses, etc.
Some who work for New Jersey shelters report that more women complained
about incidents of domestic abuse after the storm hit. Why would the storm
impact the rate of domestic violence? A shelter director has a theory.
She suggests that the stress that the natural disaster left in its wake
increased tension within families. Stress can be a significant contributor
to the likelihood of abuse. The damage or loss of a family's home
and the loss of work that occurred for some in New Jersey because of the
storm are great stressors.
Another theory is that more couples who split due to anger issues and/or
domestic violence came together because one or the other needs a place
to live. An already volatile relationship can become more volatile when
weeks of storm-induced darkness and chaos are added to it.
High stress and intense emotions can lead to incidents of violence, but
they can also lead to false abuse claims. Whether a domestic violence
allegation stems from a supposed incident after a natural disaster or
from a mere average day, suspects need to stand up for their rights.
Bergen County domestic violence defense lawyers know what is at stake when someone is accused of abuse. Often,
a restraining order will come into play, which carries severe and immediate
consequences for a suspect. He could be kept from his home and from his
children. Such limits should only be enacted based on the system having
respected the rights of a suspect and the criminal law process.
Source: New Jersey 101.5, "Sandy Linked To Increased Domestic Violence," Dino Flammia, March 15, 2013