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Domestic Violence Law in New Jersey

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19d) protects victims of abusive “domestic” relations. A “victim” under the Act includes spouses, former spouses, household members, former household members, dating relationships and parties that have conceived a child together. Protection against NJ domestic violence and domestic abuse. It applies to anyone over the age of 18 who is experiencing New Jersey domestic abuse by a:

Acts of Domestic Violence under N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19d

There are various Acts that constitute domestic violence under the Domestic Violence Statute and warrant the issues of a Restraining Order. The Acts are as follows:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal Restraint
  • False Imprisonment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Criminal Sexual Assault
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
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Joseph J. Russell, Jr
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The most common Acts of domestic violence are Harassment, Assault and Terroristic Threats. A victim’s understanding of his or her legal rights with regard to domestic violence may be difference between obtaining the protection of a Restraining Order or continuing to suffer from an abuser and the cycle of violence.

Domestic Violence Act in New Jersey

Our New Jersey Courts have also recognized that the Domestic Violence Act is not a primer for social etiquette and should not be used as a sword to wield against every unpleasant encounter or annoying interaction that occurs between household members, spouses, parents or those who have a dating relationship.


It is not uncommon for a spouse in a divorce action to pursue a restraining order to obtain sole possession of the marital residence or an advantage in a custody action. The Wilentz Family Law Team offers substantial experience in these delicate situations.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or have been served with a Restraining Order as they purported aggressor, it is important to understand your rights and protect your legal interests. As experienced Family Law Attorneys and skilled litigators, our Family Law Team handles many domestic violence matters throughout New Jersey Courts.

Wilentz Family Law & Criminal Law Teams

Our Family Law Team also has direct access to the Wilentz Criminal Law Team as Domestic Violence matters often lead to simultaneous criminal actions brought by prosecutors in both local municipalities and the Superior Court. Contact our Family Law Team today if you are a domestic violence victim or believe that you have been wrongfully accused of committing an act of Domestic Violence.

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