Domestic violence can create a dangerous and terrifying situation for families in New Jersey. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is also common. This fact was demonstrated by the U.S. Surgeon General recently stating that physical abuse in the number one (1) cause of injury to American women. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, and in most cases victims are completely unprepared. Children and other family members may be exposed to violent behavior of a loved one and in some cases, victims may be fearful for their lives.
Domestic Violence Lawyers for Families in Need
While domestic abuse and acts of violence can be terrible experiences, victims should at least know that they have legal recourse and supportive resources available to them. Victims and their families may want to consider filing a police report, filing for a restraining order, and/or contact an experienced domestic violence attorney in New Jersey for help.
The domestic violence and restraining order attorneys of Jacobs Berger take pride in protecting the safety and legal rights of families across Morris County and beyond. Our firm is prepared to secure your safety through any means necessary, and has extensive experience securing temporary restraining orders and final restraining orders for our clients. If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, lean on our experience to secure your freedom, your legal rights, and your safety.
Call our office today at (973) 354-4551 a strategic planning session regarding your individuals needs and concerns when it comes to domestic violence and to learn more about what you can do as a victim.
Resources for Domestic Abuse Victims and Their Families
Most victims of domestic abuse will work with a domestic violence attorney to seek a temporary, and eventually a final restraining order against their abuser. If you need to speak with an attorney right away, please contact our office right away to get the legal process started. The state of New Jersey and federal organizations also offer resources to help victims of domestic violence, including:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) – This nationwide hotline operates 24/7 and is free to use for victims of domestic violence. Operators should be able to help you with immediate and long-term needs by putting you in touch with local resources as well.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233) – Much like the national hotline, operators answer phones twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish language and deaf/hearing impaired service is also available. Services include referral, crisis intervention, and advocacy.
New Jersey Office of the Prevention of Violence Against Women 1-609-888-7164 – The office for the prevention of violence against women offers sexual violence prevention programs, helps victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, and helps other organizations implement and strengthen existing sexual violence prevention programs.
Help When Filing Domestic Violence Police Reports
Beyond filing for a restraining order, the other primary option available to victims of domestic violence is contacting the police and filing criminal charges. In many cases, victims may choose to pursue both courses of action, and are in no way limited to just one. Here are some resources which may help victims who intend on filing charges of domestic violence:
Call 9-1-1 – if you, your family, or a loved one is in immediate danger of domestic violence or any other violent crime, please contact the police by dialing 9-1-1 right away. The other details can wait, but your family’s safety cannot. By calling the police, you can effectively have the offending party removed as well as begin the legal process.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Agency Contacts – most New Jersey counties have a telephone number and contact information for victims of domestic violence. These agencies can be incredibly helpful for those concerned about domestic violence or those who have already been victims.
New Jersey State Police Definition of Domestic Violence – this resource offers information which can be used to determine whether or not you or a family member has been a victim of domestic violence. This page also offers additional information regarding temporary restraining orders and other helpful tips.
Get Help from a Morristown Domestic Abuse Victims’ Attorney Today
At Jacobs Berger, our domestic abuse victims’ attorneys have extensive experience serving those impacted by domestic violence across all of New Jersey. If you or your loved ones are in need of protection from a dangerous and abusive environment, do not hesitate to make a call for help. Our qualified legal team will act immediately to seek a temporary restraining order and give you and your family the peace of mind you need in the immediate, while seeking final restraining orders for the long term.
If you have any questions or concerns when it comes to domestic violence and how to protect your family, please contact us.