Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that affects many people. The state of New Jersey is very aggressive in combatting violence and works hard to protect its victims. In 1991, the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was created to protect any victim of domestic violence. This covers people in all domestic relationships such as married, separated, and divorced individuals. It also assists those who only live together, date, or share a child. The act offers victims any protection they may need, such as a Temporary Restraining Order to keep their abuser away from them. If you are a victim of any form of domestic abuse, it is important to contact an attorney to help fight for yourself.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not have a type of victim. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. A victim of abuse can be any gender, social status, or sexual orientation. There are many forms of domestic violence that can drastically affect a person’s life. Examples may include:

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

Methods of Relief

New Jersey state laws offer two kinds of relief for domestic violence victims:

  • Civil Relief: This is immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order. When this is issued, the accused abuser may be kept away from their home, children, and from acquiring a gun. When it is in effect, it can only be lifted by the court when they determine whether or not a permanent restraining order is necessary.
  • Criminal Relief: When an abuse victim files for a Temporary Restraining Order, they may also choose to press criminal charges against their abuser.

False Accusations

Many domestic violence abusers can face serious jail time and a criminal record. This is why it is important to not falsely accuse an individual of abuse. Sadly, some people take advantage of strict laws against domestic violence in New Jersey and falsely accuse another person of abuse. This tends to happen when an individual wishes to have power over another for their own personal gain. Domestic abuse accusations can detrimentally impact a person’s future, therefore it is important to not make false accusations. It is crucial to seek an experienced 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 the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the quality legal services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.