A court order signed by a judge telling the defendant (accused) to have no further contact with the plaintiff (victim) in person, by phone, by mail, or through electronic devices. A temporary order is issued ex parte, or on the plaintiff’s sworn testimony only. A final hearing will be held within ten days to allow the accused to defend themself. Survivors of all forms of domestic violence are entitled to help and protection.
Exclusive possession of the residence, temporary custody of your children with a visitation schedule, emergency child support and housing/living expenses, court-ordered substance abuse evaluations and/or risk assessments, and Batterer’s Intervention Program.
Those who have been the target of domestic violence when the following two conditions apply:
- You are dating, married, divorced, have a child with, or are currently or formerly residing with the accused.
- The accused is 18 years of age or older unless you have a child in common.
- Weekdays 8:30am – 3:30pm: The Domestic Violence Unit of the Family Division, Superior Court, Freehold, NJ.
- Weekdays after 3:30pm, Weekends & Holidays: Any NJ Police Department. A judge is on-call to take testimony over the phone.
The defendant cannot be held accountable for violating/disobeying the Restraining Order until they have been served the appropriate paperwork by local law enforcement, which makes the Order enforceable. Never attempt to serve the defendant yourself.
- Your allegations against them.
- What restrictions have been placed on them.
- The date and time of the final hearing.
Any documentation regarding the domestic violence incident, including:
- Eyewitnesses to the Incident: The individual must come in person. Written or taped testimony is not admissible.
- Admissible Evidence: Including defendant’s letters, answering machine or voicemail recordings, cards, printed emails and/or text messages, and photos of injuries or property damage.
- Receipts or Documentation: You may ask for compensation for any medical expenses and/or property damage you incurred.