What You Need to Know if You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence in New Jersey
There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home. Unfortunately, individuals in New Jersey and across the world fall victim to acts of domestic violence every single day. If you are someone who is a victim, it is time you take action. There are several steps our firm can take to bring you to safety. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Chatham family law attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have about domestic violence cases in New Jersey:
How do I get a restraining order in New Jersey?
The first thing you must do is obtain a temporary restraining order against your abuser. You can do this either at your local police station or courthouse. Of course, if your situation is an emergency, you should call the police. After a short waiting period, usually 10 days, you will have to attend a hearing where the judge will determine whether the temporary restraining order against the alleged abuser should become permanent. At this hearing, you and your attorney will have to prove the incident of abuse, either through text messages, pictures, videos, eyewitness accounts, or any other means that may prove you are a victim.
What acts are classified as domestic violence?
There are various acts, under New Jersey law, that are often classified as domestic violence. Some of those are as follows:
- Kidnapping (NJSA 2C:13-1);
- Criminal restraint (NJSA 2C:13-2);
- Sexual assault (NJSA 2C:14-2);
- Homicide (NJSA 2C:11-1 et seq);
- Assault (NJSA 2C:12-1);
- Terroristic threats (NJSA 2C:12-3);
- Harassment (NJSA 2C:33-4);
- Stalking P.L.1992, c.209 (C.2C:12-10);
- Robbery (NJSA 2C:15-1);
- Criminal sexual contact (NJSA 2C:14-3);
- Lewdness (NJSA 2C:14-4);
- Burglary (NJSA 2C:18-2);
- Criminal trespass (NJSA 2C:18-3);
- Contempt of a domestic violence order pursuant to subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:29-9 that constitutes a crime or disorderly persons offense; and/or
- Any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person protected under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et al.).
The bottom line is that if you are a victim of domestic violence in New Jersey, you deserve safety. We can help you get that safety. Our experienced Chatham family law attorneys are ready to fight for your right to live your life without worry. All you have to do is pick up the phone and reach out today.
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