Information For Victims Of Domestic Violence
Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence
- You have the right to file a criminal complaint against your attacker.
- You have the right to go to court to get an order called a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which may protect you from more abuse by your attacker. Your local police can advise you how to obtain a TRO.
The kinds of things a judge can order in a TRO may include:
- that your attacker is temporarily forbidden from entering the home you live in;
- that your attacker is temporarily forbidden from having contact with you or your relatives;
- that your attacker is temporarily forbidden from bothering you at work;
- that you be given temporary custody of your children;
- that your attacker pay you back any money you have to spend for medical treatment or repairs because of the violence;
- There are other things the court can order.
- On weekends, holidays and other times when the courts are closed, you still have the right to get a TRO. The police can explain the procedure to you and assist you in obtaining a TRO.
If you need assistance:
- For emergency shelter, counseling or referrals, call the Domestic Violence Shelter in your county. The Burlington County shelter is “Providence House.” The contact information is listed below.
- You may obtain information on lawyer referral by calling the local Bar Association. The Burlington County Bar Association’s contact information is listed below.
- You may also contact the county Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy. The Burlington County Victim-Witness Unit contact information is listed below.
595 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Hotline: (609) 871-7551
Office: (856) 824-0599
Burlington County Bar Association
45 Grant Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Additional New Jersey Domestic Violence Links & Resources