New Jersey takes domestic violence very seriously and offers a number of ways for victims of such abuse to obtain protection. The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in New Jersey works to provide abuse victims with the protection they need to get out of such dangerous situations, which is the hardest part for many victims. A victim of domestic violence can obtain a restraining order on the basis of assault, harassment, or even terroristic threats against the victim.
The courts want to work to keep domestic violence victims safe and will likely issue a temporary restraining order to most people who request it. A temporary restraining order will stop communication and limit the physical proximity of the two parties in order to keep the victim safe. A restraining order can prevent the abuser from calling, texting, or contacting the victim in any way as well as being physically present at their place of residence, employment, or any other location the victim frequents.
One of the biggest concerns for victims with a temporary restraining order is what happens when temporary restraining order is over. For victims that feel they will be put in harm’s way without a protective order, the court may choose to replace the temporary order with a permanent order, known as a Final Restraining Order. This means the protections that the victim has obtained will always remain in place. If the abuser violates the protection order, they may face serious criminal consequences.
If you require a restraining order in New Jersey, contact the authorities and an experienced attorney. Our firm is ready to act in your best interests.