A restraining order is a Court Order intended to protect you from further harm from someone who has hurt you, to keep an abuser away from you or from harassing you or to keep the abuser from the scene of the violence, which may include your home, place of work or apartment. It is a civil order, and it does not give the defendant (the abuser) a criminal record.
- Who can get a Restraining Order?
- What does a Restraining Order do?
- How do you file a restraining order?
- How long does the Order remain in effect?
- What happens in court?
- What happens next?
- What can you do if the Order is violated?
- Can I file criminal charges?
For more information on restraining orders, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/news/publications/domesticviolence.html.
For out-of-state restraining orders, go to http://www.nj.gov/lps/dcj/agguide/9dvout0.pdf.
Information provided by the New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline and distributed by the Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women.