Domestic violence is a tragic and serious issue that disturbs many lives. Many states across the country work to battle domestic violence and protect its victims. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act came to life in 1991 to protect victims of domestic violence. The Act defends individuals in all domestic relationships, whether they may be married, separated, or divorced. It also covers those who only live together, date, or share a child. It offers victims the protection they may require to keep abusers at distance from them. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is important to seek an attorney for assistance in your case.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not have a pattern when it comes to its victims. Unfortunately, violence can happen to anyone. Abuse victims can be of any gender, social status, or sexual orientation. There are many forms of domestic violence that people should look out for. Examples may include:

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

Methods of Relief

The state of New Jersey works tirelessly to protect victims of domestic violence. State laws offer two kinds of relief for domestic violence victims. This includes:

  • Civil Relief: Immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order. When issued, the abuser must stay away from their home, children, and cannot acquire a gun. When in effect, the order can only be lifted by the court when they determine if a permanent restraining order is necessary or not.
  • Criminal Relief: When abuse victims file for a Temporary Restraining Order, they may also wish to press criminal charges against the abuser.

False Accusations

Domestic violence abusers have the possibility of facing serious jail time and a criminal record. Because of this, it is crucial to not falsely accuse a person of abuse. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of laws against violence in New Jersey and falsely accuse others of abuse. This may be seen when an individual wishes to have power over another person for their own gain. These accusations have the power to greatly impact a person’s future and reputation. It is important to contact an experienced attorney to clear your name if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.

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If you have been a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact the Law Offices of Paone Zaleski & Murphy today.

If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today