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QUICK LINKS

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
National Dating Abuse Helpline
1.866.331.9474 / Text: LOVEIS (77054)
Homicide/Major Crimes Tip Line
1.877.847.7432
Essex County Family Justice Center
1.973.230.7229
Essex County Child Advocacy Center:
Wynona’s House
1.973.753.1110
Essex County Rape Crisis Center:
Family Service League
1.877.733.CARE (2273)
N.J. Coalition Against Human Trafficking
c/o Jewish Federation of Greater
Metro West of New Jersey
1.973.929.3064

NJ DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S HOTLINE
1.877.652.2873

1.888.373.7888 (24-Hour Hotline)
Text: "BeFree" or 233733

1.888.234.7906

COPING WITH VICTIMIZATION

CONTACT US
Essex County Prosecutor’s
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
1.973.621.4687
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
1.973.621.4700 (www.njecpo.org)

Information by Crime

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Sexual Assault


ABOUT US
F.A.Q.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office prosecutes assault cases. Under New Jersey law there are two kinds of assault -- simple assault and aggravated assault.

Simple assault cases are typically handled in municipal court. The more serious offense of aggravated assault is a felony or what is known in New Jersey as an indictable offense. These cases are handled by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Whether an assault is classified as simple or aggravated depends upon the seriousness of the injuries sustained, whether a weapon was used and whether the attacker acted purposefully, negligently or recklessly. It also depends on the identity of the victim. For example, if the victim is a police officer or someone in law enforcement it is automatically considered an aggravated assault.

If you have been a victim of an assault and you have missed work or suffered other economic losses you may be eligible for benefits through the N.J. Victims of Crime Compensation Office. Your advocate will assist you in applying for these benefits and advise you of other remedies you may be eligible to receive. Your advocate will also provide you with case status information as your case progresses through the justice process and notify you of any changes of scheduled court dates and outcomes of trial hearings.

For more information, call the Essex County Prosecutor's
Victim-Witness Advocacy Office at: 973-621-4687.