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How is Domestic Violence Handled in New Jersey Courts?

The issue of domestic violence is a very real and scary problem that numerous people live through. It can strike the lives of anyone, regardless of their gender, age, or sexual orientation. When your partner is abusive, the most important thing that can be done is to seek help in order to remove yourself from the situation. This can be done by reaching out to an experienced and compassionate attorney to get you on the path to safety.

Examples of Domestic Abuse

Often times when people find themselves in situations of domestic abuse, they wonder if they truly are victims of these acts. It is important to not downplay these situations and recognize them for what they really are. Examples of domestic violence can include but are not limited to the following acts:

  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

New Jersey’s Domestic Abuse Laws 

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was created in 1991 to protect victims of domestic abuse. This allows them to seek both civil and criminal relief against their abusers in order to receive protection. This first step in obtaining this protection is with a Temporary Restraining Order.

How Do I Get a Restraining Order?

It can be frightening for a person to want to reach out for help when dealing with domestic violence situations. However, it is crucial that you do so, as the most important thing is to ensure your own safety. While you may not initially be inclined to do so, it is important to get law enforcement involved. In order to begin the process of getting a restraining order, you must report the domestic abuse to the local police or court. Once this is done, a Temporary Restraining Order can be filed immediately against the alleged abuser. These are put in place to protect you and your family until a hearing can take place for a Final Restraining Order. 

A Final Restraining Order indefinitely prevents a former partner from participating in any sort of contact towards not only you but your family as well. In addition to this, victims of abuse are able to press criminal charges against their former partner. This can be done by filing a Criminal Complaint regarding any acts of assault, emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, sexual abuse, and other forms of abusive behavior.

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