Being accused of domestic violence is a very serious charge. It is an incredibly serious issue that affects many people in ways they cannot imagine, including being barred from all communications with the victim, from being at the same public events or restaurants, and to being pulled aside every time they return from a foreign trip by TSA officers and questioned about their itinerary and purpose for returning. In addition, those found guilty of domestic violence are put on a permanent registry and labeled as domestic abusers.
The state of New Jersey works hard to battle against domestic violence and protect abuse victims. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was issued in 1991 in order to provide that protection for all victims across the state. This serves to help victims in all domestic relationships, including those that are married, separated, divorced, living together, dating, or sharing children. The act offers them the security they need to keep their abuser away from them and their home. If you are a victim of any form of domestic abuse, it is important to contact an attorney for help.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence victims do not have one face. Unfortunately, this type of violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender, social status, or sexual orientation. It is important to be aware of the different types of domestic abuse in order to protect yourself from them. Examples may include:
- Controlling behavior
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse
Methods of Relief
The state of New Jersey works tirelessly to help victims of domestic abuse throughout the state. It offers two kinds of relief for victims of domestic violence to help hold their accuser accountable for their actions. The two types of relief are:
- Civil Relief: Immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order. When this is issued, the accused abuser may not be able to go near their home, children, and are kept from acquiring a gun. While a Temporary Restraining Order is in effect, it can only be lifted by the court when they decide if a permanent restraining order is necessary.
- Criminal Relief: If an abuse victim files for a Temporary Restraining Order, they may also press criminal charges against their accused abuser.
Domestic violence criminal charges and restraining orders have the potential to seriously damage an individual’s life. Accused abusers may face jail time and a criminal record. Sadly, some people take advantage of New Jersey’s strict domestic violence laws and falsely accuse another person of abuse. This may happen in cases in which one person wishes to have power over another for their own personal gain. Domestic abuse accusations can hurt an individual’s reputation and future, so it is important not to make false accusations. If you have been falsely accused of domestic abuse, it is crucial to speak to a skilled attorney to clear your name.
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If you have been a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact REM Law Group P.C. today.