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As per the New Jersey laws, domestic violence is defined as threatened or actual physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse of an individual by a person with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. Most of the times, women are the victims to domestic violence but men can be abused too.

Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) of 1991, occurrence of one or more of the following crimes can constitute of domestic violence:

  1. Homicide
  2. Assault
  3. Terrorist Threats
  4. Kidnapping
  5. Criminal Restraint
    1. False Imprisonment
    2. Sexual Assault
    3. Criminal Sexual Contact
    4. Lewdness
    5. Criminal Mischief
    1. Burglary
    2. Criminal Trespass
    3. Harassment or
    4. Stalking

    There are several remedies and legal protections available for victims of domestic violence in New Jersey. These include:
    Apart from criminal prosecution, there are several legal protection offered by the state to the victims of domestic violence. The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is one such program where the victims can use a legal substitute address (usually a post office box) given to them by the court. Usually this address can be used if public agencies need it. A first class mail which is sent to the substitute address is forwarded to the victim’s actual physical address.

    Victims of domestic violence can also apply for Domestic Violence Restraining Order which is a court order issued by a judge. Initially a restraining order is called a “Temporary Restraining Order” (TRO) which when made permanent are called ”Final Restraining Orders” (FRO’s). The domestic violence victim may also file a civil lawsuit and child custody or spousal support orders against the abuser.

    We have represented domestic violence clients in Middlesex County, Hudson County, Union County, Bergen County, Atlantic County, Camden County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Warren County and Burlington County of New Jersey for several years.

    Contact Aditya Surti Esq. at 201-518-6642201-518-6642 to schedule an appointment at the Jersey City Office or at 732-750-1269 to schedule an appointment at the Woodbridge Office. You can also email us at to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be available on weekends and nights and evenings.