Domestic Violence in New Jersey

The issue of domestic violence is very frightening and affects countless amounts of people. The state of New Jersey works aggressively against the problem and works tirelessly to protect its victims. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was created in 1991 to help any victim that needs protection against their abusers. The Act assists individuals in all kinds of domestic relationships, whether they are married, separated, divorced, living together, dating, or if they share a child together. Victims can be offered the protection they need to keep their abuser at bay while they work to get their lives back. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is important to contact an attorney to help fight for yourself.

What is Domestic Violence?

There is no one type of domestic violence victim. It can, unfortunately, happen to anyone regardless of their gender, social status, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. While many believe abuse is solely physical, it can happen in many other ways that do not always show physical signs. There are many forms of abuse that all people should be aware of. Examples may include:

  • Controlling behavior
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Homicide

Methods of Relief

The state of New Jersey is proactive in helping domestic abuse victims. The state laws offer them two kinds of relief:

  • Civil Relief: This is immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order. This can be acquired through a local family court or police department. When it is issued, the abuser may stay away from their home, children, and cannot acquire a gun. When it is in effect, it can only be lifted by the court if they determine the necessity of a permanent restraining order.
  • Criminal Relief: When an abuse victim files for a Temporary Restraining Order, they may also choose to press criminal charges against their abuser. Victims may file a Criminal Complaint where they live, where the abuser lives, where the abuse took place, or where they are being sheltered.

False Accusations

Many domestic violence abusers face serious consequences for their actions, such as jail time and a criminal record. This is why it is crucial to not falsely accuse another person of abuse. Unfortunately, some take advantage of New Jersey’s strict laws and falsely accuse other individuals. This may happen when a person wishes to have power or control over another for their own gain. These accusations have the power to negatively impact a person’s reputation and future, therefore it is important to not falsely accuse. It is important to contact an attorney to clear your name if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.

Contact Our Firm

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC. today.

Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm located in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your divorce or family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a consultation.