Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, domestic violence means the occurrence of: homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, and/or stalking; against a person protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1990.
Protected persons under the act include any person who is 18 years of age or older (or an emancipated minor), who is subject to domestic violence by: a spouse, former spouse, and a present or former household member. It also includes anyone who, regardless of age, has been subjected to domestic violence by a person: with whom the victim has a child in common, anticipates having a child in common with, if one of the parties is pregnant, or who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom the victim has had a dating relationship. Therefore, a victim may be below the age of 18, and the act does discriminate based upon the victim’s age, gender, physical or psychological condition.
Victims of domestic violence have the right to seek a Temporary Restraining Order to block contact and communication between them and the abuser, and subsequently a Final Restraining Order, which will continue to prevent contact and communication indefinitely. New Jersey courts also have the power to order the seizure of weapons from the household to further protect a domestic violence victim.
A domestic violence action can be very overwhelming for the family involved. If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse; or if a temporary restraining order has been filed against you, the law offices of Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC can help. We know this may be an extremely difficult time for you and your family, which is why the law offices of Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC take an unintimidating personal approach to every case.
Brian and Tanya, the husband and wife team that lead our firm, ensure that every client is informed about their legal rights and cases every step of the way. We have a caring staff with bilingual paralegals that are dedicated to taking care of you and your family’s needs. Please contact Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC at (201) 222-7765 or click here to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we accept credit cards and offer evening and weekend appointments.