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Who can get a Restraining Order?

A victim of domestic violence can obtain a Restraining Order. A “victim of domestic violence” means a person protected by the law and shall include any person who has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse or any other person who is a present or former household member, who is 18 years of age or older or who is an emancipated minor. A victim, of any age, who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom the victim has a child in common, or if the victim is pregnant by a man who she says will be the father of the child when the pregnancy is carried to term is also covered by this law. A victim, of any age, also includes any person who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom the victim had a dating relationship.

Domestic violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts committed against a victim by an adult or emancipated minor:

  • assault
  • burglary
  • criminal mischief
  • criminal restraint
  • criminal sexual assault
  • criminal trespass
  • false imprisonment
  • harassment
  • homicide
  • kidnapping
  • lewdness
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • terroristic threats

Mercer County

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline

(609) 394-9000

New Jersey Statewide

Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline

(800) 572-SAFE (7233)

For callers with hearing or speech impairments:

(TTY) 888-252-SAFE (7233)

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