According to statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, there were 59,645 domestic violence offenses reported by law enforcement statewide in 2019. Domestic violence in the state of New Jersey involves physical abuse or violent acts committed by a person against a family member, household member, or an intimate partner. Such violent acts may include homicide, assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, or criminal trespassing.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence or if you know someone who is in imminent danger of physical abuse, it is extremely crucial that you reach out to knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorneys to help protect your rights and ultimately find safety. With more than 80 years of combined experience, our attorneys at Schwartz, Hanna, Olsen, & Taus, P.C. provide comprehensive legal guidance and zealous representation to domestic violence victims. We will fight compassionately to protect your legal rights and help you seek protection from any potential danger or physical abuse.
If you’re located in the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Morris, Passaic, Essex, and Bergen, or anywhere else in the state, contact us at Schwartz, Hanna, Olsen, & Taus, P.C. today for a one-on-one case assessment.
Domestic violence is any physical abuse or act of violence against a family or household member or someone in a current or former relationship. According to New Jersey Revised Statutes Section 2C:25-19, domestic violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts inflicted upon a person protected under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) of 1991 by an adult or an emancipated minor:
Criminal sexual contact
Crimes involving risk of death or serious bodily injury
The following people are protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991:
People living together or who previously lived together
Individuals who are dating or have previously dated
Individuals who have a child together or are expecting a child
No one deserves a relationship filled with physical abuse or violence. If you are a domestic violence victim, you need to act quickly to prevent potential injuries and to ensure your safety and those of your loved ones. Here are the steps to take in a domestic violence situation:
Never blame yourself for another person’s violent actions
Call the police to inform them about the situation
Talk to someone you trust or call a domestic abuse helpline
Document the physical abuse, violent acts, and keep detailed records of your injuries
Leave the household or relationship as soon as you can and get to safety
Obtain an emergency protective or restraining order
Hire a skilled lawyer to protect your legal rights
File for a protection order against your abuser
Seek therapy to start your recovery journey
In New Jersey, domestic violence victims are protected with protective orders, also known as restraining orders. These are court orders that prohibit a person from contacting or getting within a certain distance of another person for a specific period of time.
A protection order can do the following:
Protect the victim from physical abuse or violent acts from the abuser
Order the abuser to stay away from the victim’s home, workplace, business, or school
Prohibit the abuser from contacting, intimidating, or threatening the victim or any member of their household
Prevent future acts of stalking or sexual violence
Allows the court to provide restrictions that guarantee the victim’s safety and protection from their abuser
Help decide family law issues related to child custody, child support, and parenting time
There are two types of restraining orders in New Jersey — temporary (TROs) and final (FROs).
A temporary restraining order is a court order that temporarily protects a victim of domestic violence from their abuser. The TRO may be granted if the judge finds it necessary to protect your health, life, or wellbeing. It will remain in effect until the next court hearing.
In New Jersey, a final restraining order is usually more detailed and permanent. The order may be issued at a final hearing where both parties will be allowed to present their cases. The FRO has no end date and will stay in place unless one of the parties files a legal motion for the court to modify or lift it.
Everyone hopes to enjoy a relationship free of violence, but the person we once knew may suddenly turn into a complete stranger. If you’re experiencing domestic violence in your home or relationship, you need to act quickly to prevent serious injuries or death. Retaining an experienced family law attorney is paramount to help protect yourself, your legal rights, and ensure your safety.
At Schwartz, Hanna, Olsen, & Taus, P.C., we have the experience and resources to assist domestic violence victims and help them seek protection. As your legal counsel, we will review all of the surrounding facts of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and take proactive action to seek a protection order on your behalf. Our team will help craft a strategic safety plan for your circumstances and protect you and your loved ones.
If you or someone close to you has been a domestic violence victim, contact us at Schwartz, Hanna, Olsen, & Taus, P.C. today to schedule a consultation. If you’re located in the New Jersey areas of Middlesex, Somerset, Morris, Passaic, Essex, and Bergen Counties, or anywhere else in the state, contact us to get the help and protection you need.