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Foremost in the minds of domestic violence victims is their immediate personal safety, but there are other matters of concern as well. Examples include securing safety on a long-term basis and ensuring that victims remain safe in multiple locations. Protective orders against a spouse or partner are effective in meeting these and other safety goals.

You can get a protective order on your own, but many victims of domestic violence choose to work with a family law attorney instead of going it alone. This offers many long-lasting benefits, especially to married victims who are seeking a divorce. For example, once the protective order is secure, the same lawyer can provide you with effective divorce guidance since they are familiar with the details of your situation.

The state of New Jersey seeks to protect domestic violence victims as thoroughly as possible. A restraining order can help guard against violence until a court hearing occurs. At the hearing, a judge may make the protective order permanent or set it to last a specific period of time. The order can prohibit the abuser from making contact in the victim’s home and in other places such as work or school.

If your spouse or domestic partner violates the restraining order, they will face legal consequences and could even end up behind bars for at least 30 days. These consequences typically serve as an effective deterrence against protective order violations. This can help you and your children go on to begin a new life secure in the knowledge that you are safe from domestic violence.