The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year more than 10 million women and men are abused by someone they are close to. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a campaign to raise awareness and end domestic violence. Raising awareness about domestic violence is essential for victims to provide them with the support they need to seek help and strength to move forward with their life.
If you believe you have experienced domestic violence from a spouse, former spouse, partner, current or former household member, or the parent of your child or expected child, it’s vital that you reach out to a domestic violence lawyer who can help. Additionally, if you have been accused of this action it is equally important you seek legal protection ASAP.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence includes much more than physical abuse. DV in New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act includes nineteen acts that include verbal, emotional, sexual or physical abuse. For many victims, a Temporary Restraining Order (T.R.O.) is the first step to gain back control of their lives.
Tragically, the pandemic affected many members of our community who suffered silently at the hands of their abuser, the same person who remained in the home during a voluntary or involuntary quarantine.
Are You Safe?
If you are in an abusive situation and need help:
- Please call your local police to ask for an order of protection.
- You can seek temporary housing through 180 Turning Lives Around, 888-843-9262, www.180nj.org or Providence House, 732-244-8259, www.providencehouse.org.
Once you have an order of protection and are safe, our domestic violence attorneys can help you feel safe at home again and move forward with your life.
When looking for a New Jersey family law or divorce attorney, it’s important to choose a lawyer who understands the challenges abuse survivors and their families face when navigating the legal system.
Unfortunately, TROs can also be weaponized in divorce cases to gain an unfair advantage.
Stolfe Zeigler Family Law Group Can Help You
The attorneys at Stolfe Zeigler Family Law Group take domestic violence very seriously. If you are in a situation where it is not safe, you need to seek help right away. Call the police, leave the home or take steps to get away from the situation. Our job as family law attorneys is to help you be as safe as possible, by whatever steps you choose to take: we can help you file a Restraining Order or Civil Restraint, which are legal documents setting the parameters for everyone’s behavior, and the outcome if someone violates the order.
The accusation of domestic violence is serious and something the court does not take lightly. It’s important you contact our domestic violence attorneys to help you build your defense. Our lawyers can help you gather evidence, proof, and/or witnesses to support your case. Our attorneys provide our clients with aggressive advocacy and will do everything we can to secure a positive outcome.
Contact our domestic violence attorneys at Stolfe Zeigler today at 732-240-9555 to get started with an initial case evaluation.