A-1426

Concerns counseling for children who were either physically present or who may have seen or heard act of domestic violence.

NJEA supports A-1426 (Knight, Chaparro, Mosquera).  This bill provides that when an individual files a complaint alleging domestic violence with the Family Part of the Chancery Division of the Superior Court, the victim and abuser will be advised of any programs or services available for counseling for children who were either physically present or who may have seen or heard the act set forth in the complaint.  It further stipulates that at the subsequent hearing, the judge of the Family Part of the Chancery Division of the Superior Court may issue an order requiring the appropriate agency to provide for counseling for the children.

Witnessing violence has an adverse effect on children’s mental health, their development, and their ability to learn.  NJEA believes that schools and communities should ensure that the health and welfare of students is assured and protected and that children who are bystanders to violence must receive the appropriate counseling and support from school and community resources.

NJEA supports this bill.  Providing counseling for children who witness domestic violence will help their mental health, social development, and ability to learn.

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