Domestic violence and abuse is a serious problem, both in New Jersey and throughout the United States. About 1 in 4 women—and nearly 1 in 10 men—have experienced some form of abuse by an intimate partner (current and former spouses and dating partners), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sadly, more than 60,000 instances of domestic violence are reported to police each year in the Garden State alone.
However, domestic abuse can be gradual and comes in so many forms that it can be difficult for victims to identify their partner's behavior and actions as abusive until they're firmly ensconced in the relationship. Once in an abusive relationship or marriage, getting out can be a challenge that often requires careful planning and aggressive legal action. Fortunately, there's help.
Carl Taylor Law, LLC’s compassionate and experienced divorce and family law attorneys Carl Taylor and Lisa Stein-Browning help clients throughout New Jersey extricate themselves—and their children—from abusive situations. If you've been subjected to violence or abuse by an intimate partner, we can help you understand your rights and options, and take the appropriate legal action to ensure your safety.
Understanding Domestic Violence in New Jersey
Passed by the state legislature in 1991, the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (NJPDVA) protects victims over the age of 18 against acts of domestic violence or abuse. The law doesn't just apply to interactions between current and former dating partners and spouses; it also covers abuse committed by a current or former household member, and a biological or adoptive co-parent.
The NJPDVA identifies 19 separate crimes as specific instances of domestic violence and abuse prohibited under the law. These crimes include:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal coercion
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
- Cyber harassment
- Crimes involving risk of death or serious bodily injury
- Contempt of a restraining order
We can explain how the law defines each of these crimes and identify which offenses may be applicable in your domestic violence case.
Restraining Orders Offer Legal Protections for Domestic Violence Victims
New Jersey takes allegations of domestic violence seriously—and takes swift action to protect victims who claim to be in danger. If you're at risk due to continuing or escalating domestic violence or abuse, you can request an emergency temporary restraining order (TRO) against your abuser.
A TRO removes the abuser from the home and requires them to stay a specified distance away from you, your workplace, your children's school, and other locations when you are present. It also prevents them from contacting you by phone, text message, email, or through social media, and sets strict parameters for their visitation with your children. This restraining order is immediate and temporary, but may become permanent if you can show evidence of the abuse at a later hearing.
Divorcing a Violent or Abusive Spouse or Partner in New Jersey
Divorces are rarely a walk in the park, but domestic violence can further complicate an already complex and emotionally difficult process. If you're considering a New Jersey divorce due to domestic violence or abuse, we can help you understand your rights and options, and make a plan for leaving that prioritizes your safety
Schedule a Consultation with Our New Jersey Domestic Abuse Lawyers
Standing up to an abuser can be hard, but you don't have to do it alone. At Carl Taylor Law, LLC, we've helped countless clients take the difficult steps necessary to protect themselves, restore their sense of safety, and leave dangerous relationships or marriages. We hope to do the same for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a discrete, private consultation with a member of our Flemington Abuse Attorneys. Don't wait—take this essential step toward a brighter future now.