There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home, though the unfortunate reality is that many people are faced with this fear every single day when they are in abusive relationships. Though it may feel as though you have nowhere to turn, this is untrue. Law enforcement, as well as our New Jersey family law attorneys, and your loved ones are here to guide you through every step of the process ahead to help ensure you reach a safe place. Continue reading to learn more about how NJ courts handle domestic violence cases and how we can help you.
What do New Jersey’s laws say about domestic violence?
Under the 1991 Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, victims of domestic violence are afforded protections under the law. Not only can domestic violence victims seek civil relief against the offender, but they are also allowed to seek criminal relief in an effort to ensure that the offender meets the justice he or she deserves. If you are a victim of domestic violence, the first step you must take, however, is obtaining a restraining order against that person.
How can I get a restraining order in New Jersey?
If you are a domestic abuse victim, especially if you believe that you are in imminent danger, the first thing you should do is contact the police or go to your local court and inform them of the severity and urgency of your situation. Once you report the incident, you should receive a Temporary Restraining Order against the abusive individual. From here, you will have to attend a hearing, usually within 10 days, wherein the court will analyze each aspect of your situation to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent. As long as we can prove that the individual is abusive, he or she should receive a Final Restraining Order, thereby permanently preventing him or her from coming into contact with you and your family. Our firm will use various forms of evidence to prove the incident(s), including pictures, text messages, recorded phone calls, or any other form of evidence that can prove your case. Our firm can also press additional criminal charges against the individual if you wish, wherein we can file a Criminal Complaint about the assault or abuse. If you have any further questions or you need a team of compassionate attorneys to assist you through the process ahead, we are here to help. Remember, you are not alone.
Contact our experienced Bergen County firm
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.