Break the Cycle

Don’t be Another Causality of Domestic Violence

If you’ve caught any of the news in the past week like I, William C. Miller, Attorney at Law have, you’re bound to have heard about certain prominent figures being charged with domestic violence.  Education combats ignorance, so let’s take this opportunity to discuss the real facts about this very serious issue.  While it’s horrific to hear about, each time a domestic violence story covered in the media is an opportunity to save lives.

The US Department of Justice defines domestic violence as:

“A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.”

New Jersey law has special proceedings for victims of domestic violence to obtain the protection they desperately need.  Victims of violence who are of a particular type of relationship to their assailant can get a restraining order in the state of New Jersey if they can demonstrate to a court that their attacker perpetrated one of several crimes against them and there is a special need for protection.

Protective orders can often be obtained by simply contacting the police, obtaining a permanent restraining order will require you attend a hearing and prove your case to a judge. Your assailant will also have the opportunity to be present and make his/her case heard. What you can present in court will be governed by the Rules of Evidence. These rules are often tricky to navigate, even for professionals. To further complicate things; many times the temporary restraining order is missing critical information that may affect your ability to prove your case.  Make sure you have a knowledgeable attorney to help you through it, don’t do it alone.

Domestic violence not only affects the abused, but also has considerable impact on family, friends, witnesses, coworkers, and the community as a whole.  Children that grow up in domestic violence situations are critically affected by it, their young minds are taught that violence is a normal way of life and thus increasing their risk of perpetuating the cycle of abuse.  With so much at stake, don’t leave anything to chance.  If you are a victim of domestic violence, contact William C. Miller at (732) 742-5556 to schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss what other avenues of protection may be available to you.