Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Compassionate Legal Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence Seeking a Restraining Order, and for Individuals Accused of Domestic Violence

No one should live in fear from a domestic partner, which is why the law firm of Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., takes domestic violence seriously, as do the New Jersey courts. Whether you need to file a restraining order to protect yourself and your family, or whether you are falsely accused of domestic violence, our Middlesex County domestic violence lawyers can zealously protect your rights under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA). We understand that fear and intimidation often keep victims of domestic violence from seeking help, but we can promise strong and swift representation when your safety — or your reputation — is at stake.

Are you in a relationship that falls within the protections of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act?

Individuals who are protected under the PDVA must meet one of the following criteria:

  • At least 18 year old or an emancipated minor who has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse, or any other person who is a present or former household member
  • Any other person regardless of age who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom you have a child in common, or with whom you anticipate having a child in common if one of you is pregnant
  • A person who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom you have had a dating relationship

Contact a family law attorney right away to protect yourself and your family if you are being subjected to domestic violence.

How is domestic violence defined under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act?

Domestic violence is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts inflicted upon a person protected under the PDVA by an adult or an emancipated minor:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Criminal Coercion
  • Robbery
  • Contempt of a Domestic Violence Order
  • Any Other Crime Involving Risk of Death or Serious Bodily Injury
What does the court consider when issuing a final restraining order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act?

To obtain a final restraining order in New Jersey, one must prove that an act of domestic violence has been committed against them, and that a restraining order is necessary to protect them or their property from immediate danger or further acts of domestic violence. The court considers the following factors:

  • A previous history of domestic violence between the parties
  • The existence of immediate danger to person or property
  • The financial circumstances of the parties
  • The best interest of the victim and any child, especially in determining custody and parenting time
  • The existence of a verifiable order of protection from another jurisdiction

A domestic violence attorney at the Middlesex County firm of Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C. can help you with this process.

Have you been wrongfully accused of domestic violence by your ex?

In the wake of a bad breakup, ex boyfriends and ex girlfriends are capable of some truly reprehensible behavior, which may include filing false domestic violence charges. We have found creative ways to utilize emails, text messages, telephone messages, and even posts on social media such as Facebook to prove our clients’ innocence by using their ex’s communications to demonstrate their true improper motive for filing false charges.

Learn more from our firm’s Middlesex County domestic violence attorneys

Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C. takes pride in its New Jersey roots, serving Middlesex County and the surrounding communities, including Metuchen, Woodbridge and East Brunswick. For a free initial consultation with a domestic violence lawyer in Middlesex County, call our firm at 732-767-0044 or contact us online today.