What is a restraining order?
A restraining order is a Court Order that is intended to protect you from further harm from someone who has hurt you; or to keep the abuser from the scene of the violence, which may include your home or place of work. It is a civil order, and it does not give the defendant (the abuser) a criminal record. You have a right to a Temporary Restraining Order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. This civil TRO prohibits your abuser from further contact or harassment. Within 10 days a hearing will be set before a judge of the Family Court in Elizabeth.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is a restraining order?
3. What does a restraining order do?
4. Who can get a restraining order?
5. How do you file a restraining order?
6. How long does the order remain in effect?
7. What can you do if the order is violated?
8. Can I file criminal charges?
9. What happens next?