Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality for many people, and it can be especially difficult to deal with if you’re also going through a divorce. Domestic abuse is not just physical – emotional and verbal abuse are also illegal.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to know your rights and get help. Domestic violence can include physical or emotional abuse, sexual assault, or financial control. If you are in danger, please call 911 immediately.
Domestic violence does not happen in any one specific form and does not occur exclusively in one type of household. People of all ages, races, sexual orientations, religions, and economic backgrounds can commit or be the victim of violent acts in the household.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to state that you are not the cause of the abuse you have suffered. The person committing abusive and/or violent actions is solely responsible for their behaviors.
Physical domestic violence constitutes actions that result in the bodily harm of another. These can include hitting with a hand or foot, using weapons, restraining, and forcing the consumption of drugs, and other similar actions.
These actions are intended by the abuser to control the emotional state of a person. Examples may include social isolation, threatening violence, and actions intended to degrade or disrespect. An abuser may also commit actions like surveillance or stalking in an attempt to instill fear in their victim.
Verbal abuse involves the use of one’s voice to cause harm to another. The most common type of this violence is yelling or screaming. An abuser may also use their words to blame the victim for their violent actions.
Sexual abuse violates a person’s ability to exercise their own sexual autonomy. Actions such as unwanted intercourse, fondling, and coercion, can constitute domestic violence.
Many who commit domestic violence seek to maintain control over another person through monetary means. These could include withholding shared finances, destroying or selling your personal property without your permission, and using finances as a means of manipulating another’s behavior.
In New Jersey, a person meets the criteria of being a domestic violence victim if they are at least the age of 18 or an emancipated minor and has been the recipient of abusive actions by:
Regardless of age restrictions, a person may also be considered a domestic violence victim if they share a child with the victim (birthed or in-utero) or have been involved in a dating relationship with the accused. Additionally, neglecting or mistreating elderly or disabled members of a household can also be construed as domestic violence in New Jersey.
New Jersey also recognizes the following actions within the criteria above as domestic violence if proven in a court of law:
If you are a victim of domestic violence, our team of family law attorneys can provide you with legal representation. We can assist in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
Do you believe you may have been falsely accused of domestic violence? We also offer criminal defense for those who have been accused and need legal assistance. Domestic violence proceedings are complicated and it is important you have a lawyer on your side to make sure your rights are protected.
At Daly & Associates, we are committed to serving as a team of top domestic violence lawyers to communities throughout New Jersey. If you are the victim of domestic violence or are seeking defense for a domestic violence accusation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.