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Domestic Violence in New Jersey

The issue of domestic violence is very dangerous and affects many people in the world. The state of New Jersey is just one of many states that are working hard to combat this violence and protect its victims. It created the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in 1991 to protect victims of domestic violence across the entire state. The Act assists people in all domestic relationships, whether the couple is married, separated, or divorced. It also protects individuals who live together, date, or share a child. It gives victims the protection they may need in order to keep their abuser away. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced attorney.

What is Domestic Violence?

There is not one face of domestic violence. The unfortunate truth is that it can happen to anyone. A victim can be of any gender, social status, or sexual orientation. There are many ways domestic violence can rear its head and change 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 laws are in place in order to offer methods of protection for abuse victims within the state. The state offers two kinds of relief for domestic violence victims:

  • Civil Relief: Immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order. An abuser is required to stay away from their home and children when the order is issued. It also bars the abuser from acquiring a gun. When it is issued, the order can only be lifted by the court when they establish if a permanent restraining order is necessary or not.
  • Criminal Relief: When a victim files 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 severe consequences if they are found guilty of the charge. This may include jail time and a criminal record. Because of this, it is important to not falsely accuse a person of abuse. Unfortunately, people sometimes take advantage of New Jersey’s strict laws and falsely accuse another individual of abuse in order to have power over them. Domestic abuse accusations can drastically impact a person’s reputation and entire future. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important to seek a skilled attorney to clear your name.

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 Sabrina Gianna, LLC. today.

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.