Nearly 10 million men and women experience physical abuse by an intimate partner every year according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That means that nearly 20 people endure some kind of physical violence perpetrated by their spouse or partner every minute in the United States.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 is one of the most powerful domestic violence lasts in the nation. And while it defines 19 different criminal-type acts as domestic violence under New Jersey law, the proof required to obtain a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is much lower than the criminal standard of proof, commonly “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It is only a mere “preponderance” of evidence (more probable than not) standard that is necessary to obtain one. This is in part because the law is intended to provide the maximum amount of protection to domestic violence victims throughout the state.
Because of this, it is a very powerful law that is designed to protect true victims. Unfortunately, as well, because it is so powerful and does not require a high standard of proof to prevail, it is subject to abuse, which trivializes the plight of the people it is designed to protect.
Hiring a Domestic Violence Attorney NJ Families Depend On
Whether you are currently involved in a relationship characterized by domestic violence or you are in the midst of attempting to remove yourself from a dangerous situation; or you are being accused of domestic violence by a partner who is seeking to misuse the law to get an improper legal advantage over you or your right to see your children, you should seek out an experienced attorney who has tried domestic violence matters.
Steven M. Segalas has tried a number of domestic violence matters to conclusion throughout the last 25 years. If you are a victim of domestic violence or a victim of an improper TRO, contact The Segalas Law Firm for a confidential consultation today.