Camden, N.J. – For victims of domestic violence including stalking, being at home for long periods of time isn’t always a safe or comfortable space. Please remember there are resources to help those victims 24 hours a day, even during a time when many courts are still closed to the public.

Effective August 3, domestic violence victims can directly apply for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by visiting the Hall of Justice Family Division or by calling the Camden County Family Division at 856-650-9100 ext. 59088.

Within 10 days, a hearing is generally scheduled for a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing. These hearings are being held virtually, so it’s important for victims to provide secondary contact information such as an email address and/or telephone number to be reached at when scheduling.

If you are a victim looking for help after business hours, call your local police department and an officer can help you file for a TRO over the phone before a municipal judge.

If a criminal complaint is filed due to an incident, victims can apply for the TRO at that time with the officer who responded.

The Temporary Restraining Order will remain in effect until the virtual hearing for the Final Restraining Order (FRO).  At the FRO hearing, both sides are given an opportunity to testify, provide evidence, and call witnesses. If the court grants an FRO after that hearing, that order has no end date.

If you ever feel you’re in immediate danger, please call 911.

For a full list of other resources available for victims of domestic violence, click here.