Domestic Violence Court Assistance
A domestic violence victim has the right to file a criminal complaint, a domestic
violence complaint, or both types of complaints based on her/his own needs and understanding of the options. The victim will
be referred to the Superior Court, Family Division to sign a domestic violence complaint (whereas a criminal complaint will
be processed separately for investigation and prosecution through the Criminal/Municipal Courts).
Within the Domestic Violence Unit of the Family Division
a victim is typically assisted and accompanied by a victim advocate who is affiliated with an independent
non-profit agency (not
the court). Trained court volunteers, under the supervision of court staff, provide general assistance to the Domestic Violence
Unit helping to support an efficient complaint filing process as well as a positive courthouse experience for the victim.
of independent non-profit agencies
are "on site" at
Superior Court of Burlington County, NJ
49 Rancocas Rd, Mt Holly, NJ
Advocates are available
the day you file for a temporary restraining order (TRO)
and the day of your final restraining order (FRO) hearing.
an Advocate today!
set the standard for ethical practice and approach their work with utmost respect for the victims they serve and their colleagues"-
Ida M Petkus, Executive Director-Domestic Violence Advocacy Center