TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Dana L. Redd, which allows domestic violence victims to break leases early without penalty, has been signed into law by Governor Corzine.
“The signing of this bill will work to help protect domestic violence victims around the state, who, because of fear, insecurity or financial issues, still reside with their abusers,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “By allowing them to break their leases early and ‘get out,’ they will be able to leave their abusers and get a fresh start.”
“For too many domestic violence victims, safety and self-sufficiency seem too far out of reach,” said Senator Redd, D-Camden and Gloucester. “This law now provides them with a way out, without reducing their chances of being able to secure new housing because they have a broken lease on their credit record.”