When a civil complaint is filed asking for protection in the form of a temporary restraining order, the victim should be as detailed as possible regarding the incidents of violence or harassing behavior. The more detail a victim can provide with regard to actual acts, dates, and places, the more legitimate the complaint may be. A victim should also note whether the offender has done anything abusive in the past or if the offender has a prior criminal record. These facts are important for the court to consider when deciding to issue an order which will offer appropriate protection for the victim.
When filing the civil complaint, the victim will be given the opportunity to list what action s/he would like the court to take. For example, a victim can ask that the offender not be allowed to have any contact with the victim or the victim’s children, the victim’s family, work or school. The judge will be the one to decide the full extent of any restraining order.
Getting Legal Help
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a domestic violence offense, an experienced family law attorney can help get the protection s/he needs. Experienced Family Law Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom can help you through the process of filing a domestic violence complaint and help make the divorce process easier. We can work with you to get through the process with dignity and respect. Contact us today at 201-868-9300.