Family Lawyers for Domestic Violence and Spousal Abuse in New Jersey
Domestic violence is a serious issue that impacts countless families across New Jersey in ways that are unimaginable to most people who have not experienced similar situations for themselves. At Romanowski Law Offices, we help victims of spousal abuse seek protection from further abuse. We also represent individuals who have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence – who often suffer tragic consequences due to these false and damaging allegations.
While we can assist in any context, we have particular experience addressing domestic violence issues in connection with divorces and child custody cases in New Jersey. If you have experienced abuse or are facing false allegations, we can help make sure that you and your children are protected from further harm.
Defining Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is defined as a repeated and patterned use of controlling and coercive behaviors to direct or limit a domestic partner’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. Examples of behaviors that can constitute domestic violence include:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Economic abuse
- Sexual abuse and exploitation
- Isolation and entrapment
- Threats and intimidation
- Control and abuse of children
From a legal perspective, the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act provides that the following crimes – when committed against a child or domestic partner – constitute criminally punishable forms of domestic violence:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence
Studies have shown that nearly one in three women in the United States will become a victim of spousal abuse during her lifetime. It is the single most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44. However, while female partners are the most likely to suffer from domestic violence, the gender gap is not nearly as wide as most people think. In fact, despite the myths that are out there, research shows that men comprise nearly 40 percent of spousal abuse victims nationwide.
Victims of spousal abuse and violence often have difficulty acknowledging the severity of their situation. Whether out of denial, fear, embarrassment, or uncertainty where to turn, domestic violence victims often wait far longer than they should to come forward. At Romanowski Law Offices, we can help you understand and take control of your situation so that you can put an end to the abuse. We will take action quickly to help you:
- Seek a protective order
- Enforce existing protective orders
- Separate or file for divorce
- Obtain Separate Maintenance so that you can pay your bills after moving out of an abusive household
- Modify custody rights, visitation rights, and parenting plans
- Relocate out of state with your child
- Use the divorce process to protect you and your children from further abuse
Our family law attorneys have decades of experience in serious family law matters. Curtis Romanowski has served on the U.S. Navy Regional Medical Center Domestic Violence Subcommittee and received intensive training from The Family Institute of New Jersey. If you need help extricating yourself from an abusive relationship, you can trust our team to help you transition into the life you deserve.
Representation for Individuals Wrongfully Accused of Domestic Violence
If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence or spousal abuse, it is important to take action to set the record straight. Not only can a false allegation of domestic violence affect your rights in a divorce, but it can also lead to criminal charges which can affect your life long after your sentence is over. We have experience representing non-violent spouses in overcoming wrongful accusations of domestic abuse and avoiding unfair treatment and prosecution. Depending on the circumstances, we can seek to establish that false accusations were lodged maliciously, that your spouse or partner was actually the aggressor, or that both individuals participated equally in the confrontation.
Contact Romanowski Law Offices to Discuss Your Case
Whether you are a victim of spousal abuse or have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, the lawyers at Romanowski Law Offices can help you get through it. We are passionate about helping victims stand up for their legal rights, and we have years of experience using the New Jersey legal system to ensure that our clients get the justice they deserve. If you need help with a difficult situation, let us put our dedication and experience to work for you. Call (732) 603-8585 or request an expert consultation online today.