In some instances of domestic violence, a judge may issue a temporary restraining order against the abuser. Domestic violence is defined by law in New Jersey as the occurrence of one or more offenses listed in the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1990 against another person. The listed offenses include assault, murder, kidnapping, terrorist threats, criminal restraint, sexual assault, false imprisonment, lewdness, criminal sexual contact, burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, harassment, or stalking.
Temporary Restraining Order Stipulations
Some of the stipulations a judge may decree when issuing a temporary restraining order include:
- The abuser is prohibited from returning to the scene of the domestic violence incident, along with any other locations that will put the victim in danger
- The abuser is prohibited from possessing firearms or any type of weapon
- The abuser is not allowed to have any contact or communication with the victim. This can sometimes be extended to the victim’s relatives and/or children.
- The abuser is required to pay temporary child support
- The victim gains temporary custody of the children
These are just some of the stipulations that a temporary restraining order may incur. For a complete list of New Jersey’s domestic violence laws, consult the New Jersey State Police website.
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