Tag Archive for: domestic violence

Can You Request The Courts To Dismiss A Final Restraining Order?

restraining orderOnce a Domestic Violence Final Restraining Order (FRO) is entered against a person in New Jersey, it is difficult to have that FRO dismissed at a later time. New Jersey is one of the few states that actually has permanent FROs. In order to have an FRO dismissed, the court must agree that there is no continued need for the FRO. It certainly helps if the victim agrees with dismissing the restraining order. But, what if the victim does not agree to dismiss the FRO, even after more than nine years?

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New Jersey Trial Court Says Coercion Can Be Domestic Violence

help for domestic violence victimsIn a strongly worded decision, the trial court in the recent case of J.L. v A.C. stated that a defendant may commit domestic violence through the act of coercion. The court, after entering a Final Restraining Order (FRO) against A.C., issued a supplemental order specifically addressing the act of coercion as domestic violence. Read more

What If An Erin Andrews Case Happened in New Jersey?

Is your spouse spying on you?

In a recent article, Bari Z. Weinberger, Esq., managing partner at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC and family law expert explored the possibility of the Erin Andrews stalking case happening in New Jersey. Read more

Emotional Abuse In Divorce: How To Protect Yourself And Your Children

emotional abuse in divorceEmotional abuse can carry an added layer of damage because, unlike physical abuse, it leaves no discernible marks. Other people, and even the victim, don’t always recognize it’s happening. After years of being invalidated, disempowered, and made to feel worthless, abuse victims can begin to doubt their own reality, and ignore signs that they’re being mistreated. Read more

Domestic Violence: Proving The Need For A Final Restraining Order

Get help for domestic violenceThe New Jersey courts strive to take domestic violence seriously, and, in this pursuit, the courts evaluate every situation where domestic violence is alleged. In some cases, the courts find that even though a defendant may indeed have harassed another, there simply may not be a need for a final restraining order. What factors are taken into consideration when making this decision? A recent court case sheds some light Read more

Recognizing The Signs Of Spousal Abuse In Men …And What To Do Next

help for male victims of domestic violenceMen, like women, can be victims of intimate partner abuse, but they often keep silent about domestic violence out of shame. They’re afraid no one will believe them, or they’ll be ridiculed: how could a man be so “weak” that he lets a woman beat him up? Sometimes they don’t recognize that abuse doesn’t always involve kicks and punches. Name-calling, putdowns, mind-games, and manipulation are trademarks of psychological abuse, which can be more insidious than physical abuse because it doesn’t leave marks. Read more

Recognizing The Signs Of Spousal Abuse In Women…And What To Do

Get help for domestic violenceAppearances can be deceiving when it comes to domestic violence. Our unconscious ideas about what abuse “looks like” – it “always” leaves marks –or the “type” of woman who’s married to an abuser – someone with glaringly low self-esteem and limited options — can lead us to miss some of the less obvious signs that our friend, daughter, or sister is in an abusive relationship, and needs help.

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Why We Need a Domestic Violence Ad During the Super Bowl


On Sunday during the Super Bowl, the NO MORE campaign aired its now second annual spot aimed at domestic violence awareness and prevention. (Remember last year’s pizza delivery ad?) In this year’s public awareness ad, the non-profit used familiar speech bubbles to depict a text conversation between two female friends watching the Big Game. One of the friends gives off clues that she is trapped in an abusive relationship before her speech bubble suddenly goes blank. The message of the spot is clear: we need to keep talking about domestic violence because so often victims can not. Read more

Prior History of Domestic Violence Must be Written into Restraining Order

domestic violence restraining orderTestifying in a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing about past incidents of domestic violence without those incidents being written into the body of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is a violation of the defendant’s due process rights, according to a recent New Jersey court case. Read more

Free Domestic Violence Resources & Legal Information: Domestic Violence 101

As part of its mission to contribute to the domestic violence prevention community in New Jersey, Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce new free domestic violence resources for spousal abuse victims and their families, Domestic Violence 101: A Guide For Spousal Abuse Victims In New Jersey. Read more