Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, emotional, or financial abuse. In any form, it means that one spouse or partner attempts to obtain or maintain control over the other spouse or partner. Our compassionate attorneys are prepared to stand up for the rights of victims so that they can move forward with their lives.
So domestic violence is really a much more general term. And what domestic violence is, is a pattern of behavior by one spouse attempting to obtain or maintain control and power over their other spouse or partner.
So when you say maintain or, you know, control or power, what you're talking about are various different signs that can be very obvious signs. And when you say physical altercation, that's an easy sign. More subtle signs would be emotional abuse or financial abuse. Emotional abuse being when somebody calls you derogatory names, somebody tries to intimidate you or put you down to lower your self-esteem. Financial abuse simply is when somebody tries to control your money or tries to control the way you spend your money.
The attorneys here at our firm have significant experience in domestic violence cases, in trying domestic violence cases, in resolving domestic violence cases. We also have a good way of preparing for domestic violence cases that I think is unlike other attorneys that I've ever tried cases against. We are extremely prepared at how we try our cases. We know every fact about our cases and about our clients.
If you file a domestic violence charge and obtain a temporary restraining order, generally you will be awarded your house and your spouse will be removed from the house. If that does not occur, there are domestic violence shelters throughout New Jersey that you would also have the opportunity to stay in while this domestic violence proceeding is ongoing.
Marital tort is a form of domestic violence, but it is also something else on its own. It is a separate because of action. So tort is really just a fancy word for a personal injury case. So a marital tort is simply a personal injury case caused by one spouse or one partner in a relationship against the other.
In dealing with domestic violence cases, you have to have a certain level of compassion, but also a certain level of aggressiveness because you are protecting these . . . If it's a victim of domestic violence, you're protecting them. If you're defending a perpetrator of domestic violence, you're trying to ultimately defend this person but realizing that they're a person you're trying to help them through the situation as well. So there has to be a level of aggressiveness and a level of compassion.