New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act defines domestic violence as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts:

  1. Homicide
  2. Assault
  3. Terroristic threats
  4. Kidnapping
  5. Criminal restraint
  6. False imprisonment
  7. Sexual assault
  8. Criminal sexual contact
  9. Lewdness
  10. Criminal mischief
  11. Burglary
  12. Criminal trespass
  13. Harassment
  14. Stalking

Obtaining a restraining order is a two-step process that occurs over a period of several days or weeks. First, a Temporary Restraining Order must be granted. Later, after a hearing that includes testimony from both parties, a Final Restraining Order may be granted.

Our attorneys are experienced in working with victims of numerous types of domestic violence, both in and outside the context of a divorce. Taryn R. Zimmerman has volunteered as pro bono counsel to SAFE in Hunterdon County, providing counsel to victims of domestic violence helping them prepare for trial and obtaining final restraining orders.

We also work to defend those who are falsely accused of domestic violence. Unfortunately, this sometimes occurs when one spouse tries to gain an advantage in their divorce and/or custody litigation. The consequences of a Restraining Order, both personal and legally, are severe and they should not be taken lightly.

If you are seeking representation to secure a Final Restraining Order or to defend yourself against false claims of domestic violence, please call us at 973-993-9960 or click here to schedule a consultation.