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Legal Information: New Jersey
In which county can I file for a restraining order?
You can file a petition in the county:
- where you live;
- where you are temporarily living if you’ve left home to avoid further abuse;
- where the abuser lives; or
- where the abuse occurred.1
However, if you left your home and want to keep your new address confidential, filing in the county to where you have fled would alert the abuser to the fact that you are living in that county.
1 N.J. Stat. § 2C:25-28(a)
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