As Sussex County, readers know, relationships can be very difficult at times. Sometimes arguments become heated and emotions rise very quickly, often resulting in an individual saying or doing something he or she may regret later. What results is sometimes characterized as domestic violence. Domestic violence is a very serious and troubling experience for anyone involved. Accusations of domestic violenceshould be taken seriously by authorities and the court.
A New Jersey man is now facing a domestic violence charge after he and his girlfriend got into an argument. According to an officer who talked to the couple, the two have conflicting versions of what happened. The man says his girlfriend attacked him, and that he had to punch her to defend himself. The woman said the man pushed her, which caused her to fall and get a bloody nose. She was advised to apply for a temporary restraining order, but she declined. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail.
In Sussex County, those who believe they have been victims of domestic violence may file a complaint at the local courthouse. The court will process the complaint, and the case will be heard before a judge or domestic violence hearing officer. If the judge or hearing officer determines that the complaint falls within the guidelines for cases of domestic violence, a temporary restraining order (TRO) will be issued against the offender.
Afterward, a final hearing will be scheduled. At that hearing, the judge or hearing officer will hear testimony from the victim and the alleged offender before making a decision in the matter. Relief for victims of domestic assault can include an order for support payments or other monetary compensation, temporary possession of personal property, or conditions governing visitation by a defendant. A final domestic violence restraining order will be issued if required under the circumstances.
Domestic violence charges can seriously impact the lives of those involved. Under New Jersey law, people have a right to seek protection if they believe they have been the victim of domestic violence. Likewise, those who are accused of domestic violence or spousal abuse are also entitled to protect their rights throughout the course of the proceedings.
Source: nj.com, “Clinton Twp. man arrested on domestic violence, assault charges,” Jan. 17, 2013