What is a Restraining Order?

A restraining order provides protection against domestic violence. N.J.S.A. 2C:25-28(a). It provides protection against present or former household or family members, someone the applicant is currently or has previously dated, or someone with whom the applicant has a child or is pregnant by. N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19 (d).

New Jersey recognizes two types of restraining orders: Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) and Final Restraining Orders (FRO).

A TRO may prohibit a defendant from returning to the scene of the domestic violence; forbid the defendant from possessing any firearm or other weapon; and direct the possession of any animal owned or kept by either party or a minor child residing in the household. N.J.S.A. 2C:25-28(j). A TRO may also permit the judge to grant custody over children and give exclusive possession of a home. Id. (more…)