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Domestic violence affects many victims throughout New Jersey. While some victims may carry the tell-tale signs of abuse on their bodies, others may suffer emotional and psychological harm from their tormentors and may appear perfectly fine to those around them. Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence, and both men and women can be perpetrators of harm on members of their families and households.

It can be hard for a victim of domestic violence to take action to end the pattern of violence in their life, but one option that they may have is to get a protective order issued. A protective order limits the amount of contact a domestic violence perpetrator may have with their victim and imposes penalties on that perpetrator if they violate the orders’ terms.

For example, a protective order may state that a perpetrator may not come to their victim’s home, call them on the phone, send them texts or use email correspondence to reach them. It may bar a perpetrator from going to where their victim works and from harassing their co-workers, friends and family members. If the perpetrator violates those terms, the victim may call the police to take action against them.

Protective orders are not perfect and domestic violence victims must be vigilant to keep themselves safe. However, protective orders can be an important part of working toward establishing safety in the life of a victim. Attorneys who support domestic violence and family law clients may be able to victims who are in need of this form of guidance and knowledge. This post is offered for information only and should not be read as specific legal advice.