Domestic violence is a serious problem. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, one in four women25has experienced an act of domestic violence in her lifetime. The abuse can be physical, verbal, financial, or sexual. Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you love has suffered domestic violence, there is hope. New Jersey has a very strong law, called the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, to protect you, your children, and your property from an abusive partner. The law breaks the process down into two steps A Temporary Restraining Order TRO and a Final Restraining Order FRO.
You can take these steps on your own, even if you cannot afford a lawyer. The first thing you should do if you need protection is file for a temporary restraining order. This can be done at your county courthouse or at your local police station. The tutorials in the TRO series will explain what a temporary restraining order is in more detail and will walk you through the process of getting one. A temporary restraining order is just thattemporary. It is meant to provide immediate protection for a short period of time until your case.
Can be heard by a judge. This hearing is called a Final Restraining Order hearing. Usually, the FRO hearing will take place about ten days after your temporary restraining order is granted, and the TRO itself will tell you when you are due back in court. During that time, you should think about what other protections or help you might need and what you can do to convince the judge that you need them. The tutorials in the FRO series will help you think about these issues and prepare for the hearing. It covers topics such as.