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Did New Jersey courts fail Giorgina Nigro?

WOODBRIDGE – Township police found the bloodied body of 32-year-old Giorgina Cimino Nigro on the morning of July 22. But it wasn’t the first time they had been called to her home.

It is not unusual for victims of domestic violence to remain in abusive relationships, said Phyllis Adams, executive director of Women Aware, a nonprofit providing services to domestic violence survivors in Middlesex County.

“The victim has the most to lose,” she said. “The victim learns to play by the rules of the perpetrator. If a victim does what the perpetrator says, they are less likely to be harmed and so are the children less likely to be harmed. The one rule that is pretty universal is that you can’t leave.”

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