New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19) lists eighteen different types of abuse which are considered by law to be acts of domestic violence. While most of these actions are physical in nature, like assault, harassment, and false imprisonment, a recent New Jersey case demonstrated how certain actions which can impact an individual financially can also be considered domestic violence.
Acts Which Interfere with Employment May be Considered Domestic Violence in New Jersey
In the case in question, a wife’s estranged husband sought to prevent his wife from returning to her previous place of employment. The husband threatened to call the wife’s employer and get her fired if she tried to return to work, and then followed up on those threats by visiting the place of employment, calling his wife’s employer and his wife, and telling the employer’s wife that her husband and his estranged wife were having an affair despite there being no evidence to support such a claim.
Harassment and Coercion Union County Domestic Violence Attorney
When considering the estranged wife’s request for a restraining order against her husband, Judge Jones had to decide whether or not these actions constituted domestic violence as outlined in the New Jersey Domestic Violence Prevention Act (PDVA).
While the actions taken by the estranged husband were not physical in nature, Judge Jones found that his actions still constituted acts of harassment and coercion, both of which are considered domestic violence. Judge Jones believed that threatening the wife’s economic stability would provide a clear source of fear and anxiety for the wife, and that the husband’s intent to expose the wife’s affair with the employer (regardless of whether or not it is true), constituted acts of coercion, defined as acts which intend to expose a secret or cause harm to an individual, either physically or financially.
In his final statement regarding the ruling to allow a restraining order to be placed against the husband, Judge Jones stated “here are arguably few threats more potentially harassing and coercive than threatening one’s livelihood and employment.”
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At The Law Office of Edward S. Cooper, we have extensive experience helping clients across Westfield, Elizabeth, Union, Plainfield, Linden, and the greater Union County area with domestic violence and restraining order issues of all kinds.
Whether your physical or economic safety is being threatened by another party, or a restraining order is being filed against you, it is critical that you retain the counsel of an experienced Union County domestic violence attorney to represent your interests throughout the process.
Final Restraining Orders are usually permanent legal orders. This permanence can be critical to your financial and physical safety, but also highly damaging if you are being wrongly accused.
Whatever your situation may be, our law office has the experience, compassion, and legal ability to help you successfully navigate any restraining order process. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our office today regarding your domestic violence or restraining order issue, please contact us online or through our Linden, NJ office at (908) 481-4625.