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What Should I do After an Act of Domestic Violence?

Incidents of domestic abuse can happen to anyone. If it has happened to you, you should know that it is not your fault. Period. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else. However, if you are a survivor, you must take action–and fast. Do not give your abuser a chance to do it again. No words can make up for an act of domestic violence. Please read on and reach out to our compassionate New Jersey firm to learn more about how we can help get you to safety.

What do New Jersey’s laws say about domestic violence?

New Jersey law states that all victims of acts of domestic violence can seek both criminal and civil relief against their abuser. Unfortunately, simply informing authorities alone is not enough to grant you the relief you need, so it is crucial you retain the legal assistance of a compassionate, experienced attorney who will fiercely fight for the justice you deserve. The first step in doing so is obtaining a restraining order, which, consequently, you do not need an attorney for, and it is something you should do immediately after the very first incident occurs.

What do I have to do to get a restraining order in New Jersey?

To obtain a restraining order, you will have to contact your local authorities. Though you may not want the police involved, your safety is paramount, and the police can protect you. Once you report the incident to the police or your local court, you will obtain a Temporary Restraining Order. This will prevent your abuser from contacting you until the Final Restraining Order hearing is held. As long as you can prove the incident of abuse, the restraining order will be made permanent.

Additionally, it is worth noting that at this point, you may press additional criminal charges, if you wish. To do so, you will have to file a Criminal Complaint about the assault, stalking, harassment, or any other type of abusive behavior. If you would like to speak with someone who understands what you are going through for support, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline phone number is 1-800-799-7233. Our firm is here to help you live the safe, worry-free life you deserve.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.