Restraining Orders Help Protect New Jersey Domestic Violence Victims

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Domestic violence is not a new phenomenon. Every minute of every day, an average of 24 people in the United States are victims of stalking, physical violence, or rape by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Too often, these cases become deadly. During the first ten months of 2023, New Jersey news reported at least 17 women, five kids, two men, and one pet were killed in acts of domestic violence in the state.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another. When someone in New Jersey fears they may become a victim of violence at the hands of a spouse, ex-spouse, household member, or someone they are currently in or have been in an intimate sexual relationship with. They may take action through the court by filing a restraining order.

A restraining order is a legal order issued by a New Jersey court that prohibits one person from having contact with another person who has been a victim of domestic violence or harassment. Restraining orders are intended to protect the safety and well-being of the victim.

Seeking Protection Through a Restraining Order

To obtain a restraining order, you typically need to demonstrate that you have been subjected to domestic violence and that you have a reasonable fear for their safety. A judge will review the evidence and may issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) if you believe you are at risk. These orders typically last about ten days or until a hearing can be scheduled.

During this hearing, if the judge determines that a final restraining order is necessary to protect the domestic abuse victim, it will be issued, and the abuser will be prohibited from contacting the victim in any way. A final restraining order (FRO) is a restraining order that has been finalized through a court hearing. They are typically permanent and do not have an assigned end date. Violating a restraining order can result in criminal charges and penalties.

The Lento Law Firm Can Help You Protect Yourself Against Domestic Violence With a Restraining Order

The Lento Law Firm Family Law Team understands the physical and emotional toll domestic violence takes on a person and the importance of protecting victims of such acts through restraining orders. While you don't have to have an attorney to get a restraining order, having an experienced family law attorney on your side can provide peace of mind, knowing someone is handling the legal complexities of your case and looking out for your safety and well-being. Contact the Family Law Team at the Lento Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let's discuss your case.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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