How can I combat domestic violence?

The well-being of a family is of the utmost importance. The state of New Jersey takes domestic violence matters very seriously in order to combat these situations. 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.

What is the purpose of a restraining order?

A restraining order is one method that can help to guarantee your safety by limiting your contact with an abuser. A temporary restraining order can limit the proximity and contact an individual can have with another party. With this in effect, individuals can feel safe knowing that they cannot be within the reach of their abuser. They can focus on getting their family back on track and carrying on with their everyday life.

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.

A restraining order can grant civil relief for victims. If you want to seek criminal charges for your abuser, they may be held accountable for their actions. You may be able to file a criminal complaint where you reside, where the party resides, or where the incident occurred.

Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.