Anger is a valid emotion that everyone experiences at some point. It would not be normal to continually suppress feelings of anger or never express anger when it is justified. However when anger surfaces and results in explosive outbursts that cannot be controlled, there is a risk that others may come to harm.
There are some cases of domestic violence brought on by anger issues where the authorities may contact the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). The DCPP is then required to open an investigation within 24 hours to determine if child abuse or neglect has occurred.
Anger issues can take many forms, not all of them physical. People with anger issues may commonly experience some or all of the following:
- Constant feelings of hostility, irritation, or impatience.
- Inability to control feelings of rage.
- Frequent altercations with both acquaintances and strangers.
- Frequently threatening others or threatening their property.
- Shoving, striking, pushing, or otherwise physically intimidating or abusing a spouse, partner, or child.
- Taking a negative view of life or a situation.
- Feeling out of control.
Anger Issues and Domestic Violence
Anger that is uncontrolled can lead to domestic violence which is defined in New Jersey as physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse that can include threats, intimidation, isolation, and financial control. It is essential to recognize that anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
A judge can issue a restraining order to prevent any type of domestic violence, not just physical abuse. It is a known fact that children who witness domestic violence can be psychologically traumatized even when they are not physically harmed. This is why the DCPP is called to investigate cases where a restraining order has been issued.
A restraining order can have serious consequences. Anyone under a restraining order has their name placed on the Domestic Violence Registry and is automatically detained anytime they travel through an airport or try to enter another country. They also lose the right to possess firearms.
Treating Anger Issues
The good news is that there is help available for those suffering from anger issues. Undergoing treatment may also aid in having a restraining order dismissed. Treatment for anger issues may include anger management counseling or courses. Here, it is possible to learn to recognize triggers for anger and the accompanying behaviors and change angry reactions through mindfulness, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and mental reprogramming.
Contact a South Jersey DCPP Lawyer at the Law Offices of Theodore J. Baker for Answers to All Your Questions Concerning Your DCPP Case
If the DCPP has opened an investigation brought on by your anger issues, you may be feeling overwhelmed. You need an experienced South Jersey DCPP lawyer to answer your questions. Call the Law Offices of Theodore J. Baker at 856-210-9776 or complete an online form to schedule a confidential consultation. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we represent clients in South Jersey, including Haddonfield, Marlton, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, and Voorhees.