How can I protect myself from domestic violence?

In the state of New Jersey, domestic violence is handled as a serious matter. The well-being of a family is of the utmost importance. When a family is in trouble due to one member’s behavior, there are steps individuals can take to prevent themselves from their abuser. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 was made to address the problem of violence within the home.

A restraining order is one method that can help guarantee the safety of you and your family by limiting your contact with an abuser. A temporary restraining order can limit the proximity and contact one can have with another party. With this, individuals can feel safe knowing that they cannot be within reach of the abuser. They can focus on getting their family back on track and protecting themselves from harm whether it be emotional or physical.

How can I be granted a restraining order?

The state of New Jersey rarely denies granting temporary restraining orders due to the nature of their need. The court can quickly hear the case and then can decide if the temporary restraining order should become a permanent one. A restraining order can be acquired due to the following reasons: assault, harassment, terroristic threats or mental abuse. With these circumstances, it is important to seek the relief you need from an abuser. Your safety comes first. A temporary restraining order can help provide you with comfort knowing they cannot come within a certain distance of you. Not all abuse is physical. Individuals can still be in harm’s way if they are being abused emotionally or psychologically. It is always best to consider your options.

During these times, emotional turmoil can be overwhelming due to the abuse that individuals were faced with. As professional attorneys, we are here to protect your legal rights during this emotional time. We understand the stress you are faced with and want to provide some relief. We encourage our clients to seek the help of health care professionals to ensure their health. If the abuse is physical, it is best to consult a doctor to understand if there are any effects of the harm. If the abuse is more emotional or psychological, the aid of a therapist can prove to be helpful for individuals to understand the situation they are in.

Are criminal charges an option?

A restraining order can grant civil relief for victims. However, if you wish to seek criminal charges for your abuser, they may be held accountable for their criminal activity. It is important to seek legal help in these circumstances. You may be able to file a criminal complaint where you reside, where the party resides, or where the incident occurred.

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.