Domestic violence can be a dangerous situation to be in. Not only can it lead to physical harm, it can also cause emotional turmoil. Victims of domestic violence can be given severe injuries that could be life-threatening. The emotional well-being of a victim is compromised. They may not be able to cope with the fact that their loved one is abusing them. It is important for victims to seek help as quickly as possible. The devastating toll domestic abuse can have on victims can lead to many problems in the future. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you have options. In order to provide a safe environment, seek our legal counsel. We will make sure you are not alone during this difficult time.
The state of New Jersey understands the seriousness of domestic violence and the outcome it can have on a family. With the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, there are outlets for victims to seek legal action and better protect themselves.
What steps should I take if I am a victim of domestic violence?
With the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in effect, this act provides the right of victims to acquire both civil and criminal relief for situations they have faced regarding domestic violence. Civil relief gives victims the right to protect themselves through a temporary restraining order. These temporary restraining orders can be acquired at the local family court or police department. Orders such as these can be granted for many reasons. Some of these reasons include assault, harassment, terroristic threats and mental abuse.
A restraining order is put into effect to limit the actions of the individual who is being accused. It has the power to limit the proximity and the contact allowed between both parties involved in the order. These orders are rarely denied due to their proactive efforts in stopping domestic violence. When these cases are presented, courts will hear them quickly to decide if a temporary restraining order should become permanent. Victims should also seek the counseling of a professional since there is no mediation or counseling when filing a restraining order.
When civil relief is granted, the victim can take it further by pressing criminal charges. This can further hold the accused accountable for their actions. In order to do so, victims must file a criminal complaint where they live, where the other party lives, where the incident occurred or in the municipality where the victim is being sheltered.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is important to acquire help during this time. Counseling can be a good way to deal with the emotional trauma from the incidents. Make sure to also visit a healthcare professional if you have been physically harmed. Our group of attorneys wants to make sure you get the justice you deserve for what you have been through. If you are ready to take action, give us a call for a consultation.
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.