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Prior History of Domestic Violence in Restraining Order Cases

Restraining Order Lawyers in Newark, NJ

How do I show a prior history of domestic violence?

Prior History of Domestic Violence in NJ

One of the elements a plaintiff must show in order to obtain a temporary or final restraining order in New Jersey, is that there is a prior history of abuse and domestic violence between the parties. However, if the alleged predicate act of domestic violence is extremely egregious such as broken bones or stabbing or sexual assault, then no prior history is necessary in order to obtain a permanent restraining order.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with a restraining order in NJ, the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help. Our restraining order defense lawyers represent clients on a daily basis charged with restraining orders in almost every county in NJ. In fact, Mr. Tormey has been recognized as a legal resource with regards to domestic violence and has been cited in several NJ newspapers and appeared on CBS Radio regarding same. As a result, our lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and seasoned with regards to restraining order cases and are able to assist you immediately at (908)-336-5008. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

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Element #2 to Obtain Restraining Order in NJ: Prior History of Domestic Violence

One of the main elements in order to obtain a final restraining order (FRO) in New Jersey, is showing a prior history of domestic violence. This is typically the second of the three elements required. The first is a predicate act of domestic violence, (i.e. harassment, stalking, assault, terroristic threats, etc.). The predicate act is essentially the main incident that gave rise to the restraining order. The second element is a showing of a past history of domestic violence as well. Now, if the predicate act is so egregious and serious it can sometimes alleviate the need to show a prior history of domestic violence. However, in most cases a prior history of domestic violence is necessary to obtain a permanent restraining order. If the plaintiff is successful in showing a predicate act and a prior history of domestic violence, the third and final element is a need for the restraining order to protect the victim from further acts of domestic violence.

Some evidence that many be entered to show a prior history of domestic violence can include:

  • Police reports
  • Hospital records
  • Pictures
  • Emails
  • Text Messages
  • Voicemails
  • Eyewitness testimony

This evidence will be entered by the plaintiff during their case in chief. The judge will then determine if they have met their burden of proof which is “by a preponderance of the evidence” in a civil case.

Passaic County Restraining Order Lawyers: The Tormey Law Firm LLC

For additional information regarding restraining orders in NJ, contact the Tormey Law Firm at (908)-336-5008 for a free initial consultation. Our restraining order defense lawyers are available immediately to assist you.

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With offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark, Middletown, and New Brunswick, our lawyers can represent you anywhere in New Jersey and are available immediately to assist you at (908)-336-5008

Hackensack / Bergen County

254 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

  • 201-556-1570
  • 201-556-1572
Hackensack Office

Morristown / Morris County

60 Washington St Suite 200A,
Morristown, NJ 07960

  • 908-336-5008
  • 201-556-1572
Morristown Office

Newark / Essex County

1 Gateway Center Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102

  • 201-654-3464
  • 201-556-1572
Newark Office

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Travis J. Tormey is a distinguished member of the legal community and a respected legal resource on domestic violence. He has been featured in a variety of prominent publications and media outlets, including CBS radio, Aol News, the Asbury Park Press,, and the Daily Record. Mr. Tormey has also been recognized as one of the the top criminal attorneys under 40 years of age by the National Trial Lawyers Association and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Whether representing victims or the wrongly accused, Travis remains passionately committed to protecting the rights of the innocent.

Areas we serve

The Tormey Law Firm LLC handles restraining order cases in Bergen County (Hackensack), Morris County (Morristown), Passaic County (Paterson), Union County (Elizabeth), Hudson County (Jersey City), Middlesex County (New Brunswick), Somerset County (Somerville), Sussex County (Newton), Essex County (Newark), Hunterdon County (Flemington), Mercer County (Trenton), Monmouth County (Freehold), Warren County (Belvidere), Ocean County (Toms River), Burlington County (Mount Holly), and throughout NJ.

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