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NJ Domestic Violence Attorneys

Protecting both victims and those wrongfully accused with experienced and compassionate domestic violence legal services

Domestic violence upends your life, whether you are a victim or you have been falsely accused. It can be difficult to figure out what your next steps should be to find a safe, secure environment for you and your family.


If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, these accusations can also painfully impact your life. False accusations can damage your reputation, cost you your livelihood, and threaten your personal relationships.

At the law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, our NJ Domestic Violence Attorneys help clients obtain orders of protection and navigate their legal options, and we also offer legal guidance for related family law matters. Our compassionate, responsive team is experienced with domestic violence cases and will fight for you and your family as if you were our own.

Help and support are just a phone call away. To find out more about how Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski can help you achieve the safety and security you deserve, schedule your consultation with our team today.

What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence has a much broader definition under New Jersey law than many would expect. According to the New Jersey Revised Statutes, it can include the following:

  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Homicide
  • Criminal coercion
  • Robbery
  • Contempt of a domestic violence order
  • Any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. For an act to be considered domestic violence, however, the offender must be a spouse, former spouse, romantic partner, parent, or household member of the victim(s).

What to Do if You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence

Moving forward from domestic violence is not easy. Many individuals who experience domestic violence care for and trust their abuser and find it difficult to ask for help.  We can stand up to your abuser so that you do not have to do it alone.

At Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, we understand that you need an attorney who can show you compassion and support, not judgment, while at the same time being aggressive enough to stand up to your abuser in Court. Our focus is on helping you make the next right decision for yourself and your family. If you need protection, we will fight for you.


While our focus is on helping victims find legal solutions for protecting their families and themselves, you should contact 911 immediately for help if you are in danger. Working with a law enforcement officer to file a police report is an important part of the process of documenting abuse for your legal case.

Contacting our domestic violence legal team can help protect you before the violence continues or intensifies.

What to Do if You Have Been Accused of Domestic Violence

Accusations of domestic violence can have far-reaching consequences. You may be worried about potential jail time, fines and legal fees, and loss of your job, reputation, and friends and family. It can be a frightening situation to navigate.

Even though you might feel hopeless, there is hope.  At Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, we are here to help you protect your rights, assess your options for moving forward, and determine how to best defend yourself against false accusations of domestic violence. 


Obtaining legal support immediately is essential for reaching the best outcome possible for your case. Our experienced domestic violence attorneys will work with you to:

  • Understand the source of the accusations and why you are facing a New Jersey domestic violence charge
  • Explain New Jersey domestic violence laws and criminal procedures you might be facing
  • Outline options for your domestic violence accusation case

We can aggressively defend you in Court and seek the dismissal of the domestic violence matter.  We can also negotiate a settlement on your behalf ultimately resulting in the dismissal of the domestic violence matter.

Contacting our domestic violence legal team can help protect you before the violence continues or intensifies.

How Our New Jersey Attorneys Can Help You

It may seem like there is no way forward, but there are legal tools and resources that will help free you from domestic violence and start a new life. Legal counsel from an experienced domestic violence attorney is essential.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you deserve immediate legal support and protection, as well as guidance for related family law issues such as custody, child support, alimony, and more. 


Your attorney will help you identify your abuser, create a safety plan for your family, file a restraining order if necessary, seek temporary financial support or an ultimate divorce, and set up custody rights for your children.

Protect yourself from harm and take care of your family’s legal needs with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski by scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced domestic violence attorneys today.

Restraining Orders

Restraining orders, also known as protection orders, are one way to protect yourself from domestic violence. A restraining order is a court-ordered document that prevents the abuser from contacting or seeing the victim, their families, and other individuals like friends and roommates. It can also prevent the abuser from going to the victim’s home or work.

Applying for a restraining order may be necessary in domestic violence situations to create enforceable protection for you against your abuser.

While the process may seem intimidating, there is plenty of support along the way. Both courthouse and law enforcement professionals are trained in assisting individuals who need to file restraining orders. Your legal team can also help you determine if a restraining order is appropriate for your situation and assist you in making a plan for your and your family’s ongoing safety.

Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer for Help Today


Victims of domestic violence do not have to suffer alone. You can stop the cycle of violence and protect yourself and your family with a domestic violence attorney. Schedule your consultation with our team today. We serve clients across Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Passaic County, Mercer County, Sussex County, Morris County, Somerset County, Monmouth County or Ocean County in New Jersey.


What happens if an abuser violates a restraining order?

A restraining order is a court-ordered document. As such, there are serious consequences for violating it. These include being held in contempt and criminal charges including domestic violence charges, jail time, and even loss of custody in some cases.

What is the difference between a temporary restraining order and a final restraining order?

New Jersey has two types of restraining orders: a temporary restraining order and a final restraining order.

A temporary restraining order is enacted immediately and expires after the final restraining order hearing (usually ten days after the temporary order is issued). At the hearing, the court will decide whether a final restraining order should be granted. If so, the order of protection lasts indefinitely.

What actions are prohibited under a restraining order?

The actions that are prohibited under a restraining order vary and can include prohibitions against:

  • Calling, texting, or otherwise contacting the victim
  • Being in close proximity to the victim
  • Visiting the victim’s home or job
  • Visiting any joint children outside of designated times

They can also include provisions that are special to your case.

Do you have to be current intimate partners in order to get a restraining order against someone?

No. Restraining orders can be filed by anyone eighteen years or older (or emancipated minors) who have suffered domestic violence by:

  • A person who is dating the defendant
  • A person who is or was married to the defendant
  • A current or former household member
  • A person who is pregnant with the defendant’s child or has had a child with the defendant

Do you have to have suffered bodily injury to get a restraining order in New Jersey?

No. A protection order can be used in a variety of cases. For example, restraining orders can be issued in response to harassment, cyber harassment, criminal trespass, and stalking.

What happens to my restraining order if I move to another state?

Your New Jersey restraining order will still be enforceable even if you relocate outside of New Jersey.

Can I enforce an out-of-state restraining order in New Jersey?

Yes. Even if you are just visiting New Jersey, your restraining order is still enforceable.

For out-of-state restraining orders, police officers use the National Crime Information Center Protection Order File to access restraining orders throughout the nation. However, not all protection orders get entered into the registry, so it is a good idea to keep a hard copy of the restraining order with you when you travel. If you do not have a hard copy, contact the court to have one made available to you. You can also choose to alert the local police station where you are staying to let them know you have an active restraining order.

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