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Every day someone is verbally, emotionally, sexually, or physically abused by his or her spouse or cohabitant. What makes these stories so heart wrenching is that they often involve families that are being torn apart by acts of violence. When the goal is to stop domestic violence, the laws can have an appropriate use with some limitations. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, it is important to know that Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, trusted attorneys and authorities on family law, are on your side.
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Domestic Violence and How to Protect Yourself
New Jersey Domestic Violence Law
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is a law that offers protection against domestic violence and domestic abuse. It applies to anyone over the age of 18 who is experiencing domestic abuse by any of the following:
- Spouse or former spouse
- Current or former household member.
- Person whom you are currently dating or have dated in the past
- Parent of your current child or of an expecting child
Domestic Violence—Acts of Domestic Violence
If you are suffering from domestic violence it is important to understand the differences between these various acts of abuse. A solid understanding of these variations can be the difference between obtaining a Restraining Order against your abuser and being denied this crucial protection.
Assault—In the State of New Jersey, a person can be found guilty of either simple assault or aggravated assault.
Simple Assault: A person can be found guilty of simple assault if he or she:
- Attempts to cause, recklessly causes, or knowingly causes bodily injury to another person
- Negligently uses a deadly weapon to cause bodily injury to another person
- Uses physical menace to put another person in fear of serious bodily injury
Aggravated Assault: When a person performs any of the following, he or she can be found guilty of aggravated assault:
- Attempts to cause, recklessly causes, or purposely causes serious bodily injury to another person
- Manifests an extreme indifference to the value of human life by recklessly causing injury
- Attempts to cause or purposely causes bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon
- Points a firearm at or in the direction of another person—even if the abuser does not believe the gun is loaded
Harassment—The following behavior can result in a guilty harassment charge:
- Makes offensive remarks
- Makes communications at extremely inconvenient hours
- Subjects another person to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching
- Threatens another person violently
- Engages in any other alarming conduct with the purpose to alarm or seriously annoy another person
Terroristic Threats—Any of these actions can result in a terroristic threat charge:
- Threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose of terrorizing another person
- Threatens to kill another person with the purpose of putting them in imminent fear of death
If you are a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse — you do not have to live in fear. Domestic violence laws strive to protect you from your abuser and ensure your safety. The lawyers at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC are sensitive to the needs of domestic violence victims and those who are wrongfully accused of domestic violence acts.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you need an aggressive legal advocate who will fight for your rights. The attorneys at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC will assist you through this difficult time, so you can quickly rebuild your life.