Domestic Violence: Don’t Be Tricked into Not Getting a Restraining Order
In our last entry for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we take a look at restraining orders. When a domestic violence victim escapes a terrible situation, the victim may be concerned about his/her safety. Although there has been an outcry in the past few years for more protections for domestic violence victims, the one tried and true method is still a restraining order. Despite what you might hear, the restraining order can protect you when you need it most.
There are three types of restraining orders in New Jersey:
- An emergency restraining order is a short term order that is given to the victim after the abuser is arrested for domestic violence. This order lasts for a limited period and is usually issued when court is not in session.
- A temporary restraining order lasts for 10 days and is good until you are able to get a more permanent restraining order, or if you decide to change your mind.
- A final restraining order is a permanent solution. Usually, it’s an extension of the current TRO and can become permanent if necessary.
The restraining order protects the victim and his/her family by shutting off contact with the abuser. That means even if the abuser tries to call the victim, he/she is violating the order and lead to an arrest and possible jail time.
Restraining orders will protect you from your abuser, but you shouldn’t rely on this alone. Don’t be afraid to speak up about the abuse you suffered and make sure you get an experienced domestic violence attorney to protect you from any more harm.
If you’ve been a victim of domestic violence and are in need of legal assistance, contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.
Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!