How Can I Protect Myself From Domestic Violence in New Jersey?

Domestic violence is a horrible situation that no one should ever find themselves victim to. However, this can happen to people of all backgrounds regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. The first step in getting your life back is understanding that you are not to blame. Second, it is important to take action to ensure that it never happens again. This can be done by receiving protection from the state for yourself as well as your family. To learn more about this process, continue reading and contact a compassionate New Jersey domestic violence attorney for guidance during this difficult time. 

New Jersey Domestic Violence Laws

All victims of domestic violence in the state of New Jersey can seek out both criminal and civil relief against their abusers. While this is true, it is unfortunate that simply informing law enforcement of an incident of domestic violence is not enough to get the protection you need. It is important to not let this discourage you. Instead, you should retain the services of an experienced attorney for assistance fighting for the life you deserve. This can be accomplished by filing a restraining order immediately after the first act of domestic violence against you.

How Do I Obtain a Restraining Order in New Jersey?

It is not necessarily required to have an attorney in order to file for a restraining order. However, doing so can benefit you. This is because an attorney can help navigate this process during a difficult time in your life. In order to begin, it is important to know that you must report the incident to law enforcement or the local court. While it can be scary, doing so is the first step to having your life back. Once this hard part is over, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be granted. This prohibits your abuser from speaking to or having contact with you until a hearing occurs. This will be scheduled within 10 days of issuing the TRO. 

During the hearing, evidence that the domestic abuse took place will be reviewed. If it is proven, a Final Restraining Order can be granted. This allows you the following relief:

  • Protects you from future violence
  • Prohibits contact and harassment
  • Provides you with temporary custody of any minors
  • Provides financial support
  • Offers counseling or therapy
  • Prohibits the abuser from bearing arms or other weapons
  • Allows temporary possession of personal property

In addition to this, it is also possible to press criminal charges. This can be done by filing a Criminal Complaint regarding abusive behavior. 

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