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How Can I Get a Restraining Order in New Jersey?

Domestic violence is something many people face. The media portrays domestic violence in a specific way, so it is often misunderstood. It is important to be educated about what domestic violence looks like and what to do if you or a loved one is involved in a domestic violence situation. Read on to learn more about resources for domestic violence victims and how a restraining order can help you.

What is Domestic Violence?

Many people picture domestic violence as physical violence occurring between a man and a woman in a heterosexual romantic relationship. In reality, domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, etc. Additionally, domestic violence is not just physical abuse. There are other types of violence, including emotional, physical, and financial, among others.

What is a Restraining Order?

If you are the victim of domestic violence, a restraining order can greatly benefit you. A restraining order is a legal document that limits the contact between you and your abuser. For example, the abuser may no longer be allowed to contact the victim or come near his or her home, school, or work.

What is the Process of Obtaining a Restraining Order?

To obtain a restraining order, you should visit your local police station or family court. Some victims feel that they cannot go to the police because their abuser is a member of law enforcement or has friends in law enforcement. In this case, keep in mind that a family court is also a good option. If you ask for a restraining order, you will most likely be granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) no matter what. New Jersey operates under the belief of “better safe than sorry,” when it comes to issues of domestic violence. After you are granted a TRO, a hearing will be held. At this hearing, a judge will determine whether the TRO should become permanent. For this to happen, you will need to provide proof of abuse and show evidence that your abuser is an immediate danger to you and/or your family. This process can be understandably difficult, so you should contact a skilled domestic violence attorney. Our firm can help you gather evidence and act as your advocate during the hearing, and beyond.

If you or a loved one is involved in a domestic violence situation and you are interested in obtaining a restraining order, contact our firm today. We want to help make sure you and your family live a safe and healthy life.


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