It is an unfortunate reality that domestic violence affects many homes in the state of New Jersey. This violence can be both mental and physical between married couples, former spouses, dating couples, those who live together, and even two people who share a child together. The state of New Jersey works tirelessly to combat domestic violence and protect victims of violence. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was created in 1991 to ensure that courts protect victims with criminal remedies and sanctions.
What is Domestic Violence?
Victims of domestic violence come from all different types of backgrounds. They can be any gender, age, social status, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. While many people often associate these actions with only physical abuse, it can actually manifest in numerous ways that do not always have physical signs. Actions that can be considered domestic violence under New Jersey state law can consist of:
- Simple or aggravated assault
- Sexual assault
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal restraint
- Criminal coercion
- False imprisonment
- Terroristic threats
When a person is a victim of domestic violence, it is important for them to be able to seek protection. New Jersey offers several methods of protection for them, including:
- Address Confidentiality Program: This provides victims with a legal substitute address instead of their physical address to use.
- Protective Orders: This prohibits an accused abuser from having any contact with the victim, possessing firearms, and more.
- Civil Lawsuit: This allows a victim to recover any losses or expenses related to the abuse. This can include medical bills or pain and suffering damages.
- Child Custody or Support Orders: Child custody, child support, or spousal support orders are able to be modified to prevent any potential future violence between the spouses, children, or other persons.
Domestic violence accusations are very serious. They have the power to affect a person and their reputation for the rest of their life. This is why it is crucial to not accuse anyone of abuse if they are not guilty of doing so. Unfortunately, there are some people who take advantage of the strict laws regarding domestic abuse in New Jersey and falsely accuse others. This may be seen during family law proceedings if one individual wishes to have power over the other. When facing these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney to remedy the situation and clear your name.
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If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver & Simpson is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.