Domestic violence is a serious issue. If you are in an abusive relationship, you have several options. If you are in immediate danger, contact the local police department and/or your local county courthouse to report the abuse and file for a Temporary Restraining Order. You can also file criminal charges against your abuser. New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was passed to protect victims from the following crimes: homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, and stalking.
There are also several defenses if you are wrongfully accused of domestic violence in New Jersey including self-defense and that the infraction was de mininis. There are certain circumstances where you are justified in exerting force to protect yourself from bodily harm. Other circumstances are too trivial and do not rise to the level of domestic violence, such as domestic contretemps or marital discord.
You should consult with an attorney experienced in handling domestic violence matters. Call (973) 813-8100 to schedule a free consultation.