Under the law, domestic violence is committed by a person who has been close to you in your life including: a spouse, or ex-spouse, members of your household (past and current), any current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or the parent of your children (or expected child). You do not need to be legally related to or currently living with an abuser to qualify for protection under this law.
Domestic violence comes in many forms and can range from physical and sexual assault, to verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Simple or aggravated assault, harassment and terroristic threats, are also considered violent acts.
In order to reinforce the protection of the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act, you need a lawyer with experience in handling domestic violence cases. It is very important to file the appropriate forms and take the necessary actions to make sure you and those you love are removed from a potentially dangerous situation.