Domestic violence is a sensitive and tragic situation that, unfortunately, plagues the lives of many families. These acts of violence can occur between married couples, former spouses, dating couples, previous couples, roommates, and parents who share a child. In 1991, the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was created in order to protect victims of abuse throughout the state. This declared the act of domestic violence as a serious crime against society and required the court to protect victims with criminal remedies and sanctions. 

What is Domestic Violence?

Victims of domestic violence can come from any background. They are different ages, genders, ethnicities, social statuses, religions, and sexual orientations. The violence can also be seen in several different ways. Often times, it does not always show physical signs. Acts that are considered domestic violence in the state of New Jersey include but are not limited to the following:

  • Homicide
  • Stalking 
  • Harassment
  • Simple or aggravated assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Lewdness
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Criminal restraint
  • Criminal coercion
  • False imprisonment
  • Terroristic threats

Methods of Protection

There are many ways to receive protection from domestic violence in New Jersey, including: 

  • Address Confidentiality Program: Victims of abuse can obtain a legal substitute address to use instead of their physical address to use for public agencies.
  • Protective Orders: Abuse victims can apply for a protection of abuse order that is signed by the judge. They can obtain a Temporary Restraining Order that prohibits the accused from contacting them, possessing firearms, and more. 
  • Civil Lawsuit: The victim can file a civil lawsuit to recover any losses or expenses, including medical bills or pain and suffering damages.
  • Child Custody or Support Orders: Modifications can be made to any child custody, child support, or spousal support orders to prevent any violence fro occurring between the spouses, children, or other persons. 

False Accusations

Domestic violence accusations are very serious. They have the power to impact a person’s life and future, as they may receive a criminal record. This is why it is important not to accuse a person of domestic violence when they are not guilty of the act. Unfortunately, people abuse the system in New Jersey to take advantage of their strict laws pertaining to abuse in order to have power over another individual. It is crucial for a person who is falsely accused of domestic violence to retain the services of an experienced attorney that can clear their name.

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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.