What is the legal definition of domestic violence in New Jersey?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a restraining order. Domestic violence is when an adult (or an emancipated minor) who has the relationship to you that is described here commits one of the following crimes against you:
- terroristic threats;
- criminal restraint;
- false imprisonment;
- sexual assault;
- criminal sexual contact;
- criminal mischief;
- criminal trespass;
- criminal coercion;
- contempt of a domestic violence order, which constitutes a crime or disorderly persons offense (see section “b” of the statute); or
- any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury.1
Note: An emancipated minor is someone who is under 18 but who has been married, has entered military service, has a child, is pregnant or has been emancipated by a court.2
If you are a victim of sexual assault and do not have a relationship with the abuser, you may be eligible for a sexual assault restraining order.
1 N.J. Stat. § 2C:25-19(a)
2 N.J. Stat. § 2C:25-19(e)