Facing Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault
Domestic violence is a devastating reality for many, and the trauma of sexual assault within this context adds another layer of complexity. As a board-certified matrimonial attorney with over four decades of experience supporting victims throughout Bergen County, I understand the immense challenges you face.
Understanding The New Landscape
New Jersey recently amended its domestic violence statute to treat sexual assault as a distinct form of abuse. This means that sexual assault can now be a basis for obtaining a restraining order, even if there isn’t physical violence present. This is a significant step forward in recognizing the unique harms of sexual assault and providing victims with stronger legal protection.
Your Legal Options
If you’ve experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, you have options under New Jersey law. Here are some key legal avenues:
- Restraining orders: You can file for a restraining order to restrict the abuser’s contact with you and your children, ensuring your safety and well-being.
- Criminal charges: You can report the assault to the police and pursue criminal charges against the abuser.
- Divorce or legal separation: You can seek a divorce or legal separation to formally end your relationship with the abuser.
- Child custody and support: If children are involved, you can seek custody and support arrangements that prioritize their safety and well-being.
As the founder of Melinda L. Singer, Esquire, I offer comprehensive legal support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that includes:
- Skilled guidance: I clearly explain your legal rights and options, empowering you to make informed decisions about your future.
- Compassionate advocacy: I understand the emotional toll of abuse and offer empathetic support throughout the legal process.
- Aggressive representation: I am dedicated to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.
- Confidentiality: I prioritize your safety and privacy, ensuring your information is handled carefully.
Facing domestic violence and sexual assault is never easy, but you don’t have to go through it alone. I am here to help you navigate the legal system and rebuild your life through this and other family law matters.
Get The Support You Need
Remember, you are not alone. I am here to support you every step of the way.