There are few things worse than feeling unsafe in your own home, and unfortunately, there are countless people who experience this on a daily basis. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is critical that you take action now. The sooner you take action, the sooner you and your family can be safe and protected. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about how to get a restraining order in New Jersey. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What defines domestic violence?
Domestic violence is defined as violence between anyone who is in a dating relationship, was in a dating relationship, is married, or is a current or former member of the household. Domestic violence is not restricted to age, gender, race, or otherwise. Anyone can be considered a victim of domestic violence, and anyone can commit an act of domestic violence. You should also understand that domestic violence is not limited to physical attacks; it can also come in the form of psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse.
What are some examples of domestic violence?
Under New Jersey law, there are 19 crimes that, if committed against someone who meets any of the aforementioned standards, would be considered an act of domestic violence. Some of those crimes are as follows:
- Terroristic threats
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal Sexual Contact
- Criminal restraint
How can a domestic violence victim get a restraining order in New Jersey?
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you should call the police immediately after the incident occurred. From here, you should request a Temporary Restraining Order either at the Family Division of your Superior Court or at the local police station. Next, our legal team will help you prosecute your complaint in Court.
Shortly after getting your Temporary Restraining Order, you will attend a hearing, wherein a judge will determine whether your Temporary Restraining Order should be made final. As long as it can be proven that your accusations are true and that you were subjected to any one of the 19 crimes listed in the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, you should receive a Final Restraining Order.
Under the NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, you may seek both criminal and civil relief from the abusive individual. If you have any additional questions or you need a legal team that can help get you to safety, contact us today.
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