What Can I Do if I Am a Domestic Violence Victim in NJ?

There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home, though unfortunately, countless people find themselves in these situations every single day in New Jersey. Victims of domestic violence are afforded various rights and protections under the law, including under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Please continue reading and speak with our compassionate Bergen County family lawyers to learn more about how we can help if you are a victim of domestic violence. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What classifies as domestic violence?

Anyone over the age of 18 or an unemancipated minor can be considered a victim of domestic violence if an act of violence was committed against them and they either share or used to share a household with the offender, or if they are a current or former significant other of the offender. An act of violence committed against someone with whom a child is shared is also considered domestic violence.

You should note that domestic violence isn’t always physical; it can also come in the form of emotional, psychological, or financial abuse, and it can occur between people of any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Just some crimes that may be considered domestic violence are assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, stalking, and Contempt of a Restraining Order, among others.

What should I do if I’m a victim of domestic violence?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, your safety is paramount. The first thing you should do after an attack is call the police. They will most likely arrest the alleged abuser and give you an opportunity to seek a Temporary Restraining Order at your local police station or from the Family Division of the Superior Court in your county. Our firm can help you file your complaint. If you are granted a TRO by proving you are a victim of domestic violence, you will have to attend a Final Restraining Order hearing. Here, the judge will hear testimony and review presented evidence to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent. We can work to gather and present all evidence needed to help ensure your safety.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

We understand how confusing certain legal issues can be, which is why we are dedicated to providing individuals with the compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation they deserve. Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman has helped clients with various difficult legal challenges for over 40 years. We know we have the experience needed to do the same for you. For experienced legal counsel regarding family law, litigation, business law, real estate, and criminal law, you know where to turn–contact Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman today to schedule a consultation.

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