TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden that would permit New Jersey to uphold domestic violence restraining orders granted in other states was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Under current law, the State does not have the power to bring contempt charges against persons who violate out-of-state restraining orders. In other words, if a restraining order is granted in Philadelphia or New York, the protections cannot be honored in New Jersey,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. ” Survivors who come to New Jersey for a fresh start should be able to feel secure in knowing that our courts will honor the orders that they have secured in other states.”
Senator Madden’s measure, S-2161, would allow the State to uphold domestic violence orders granted in other jurisdictions. Under the bill, violating another state’s domestic violence order would constitute a fourth degree crime, and carry penalties including up to 18 months of jail time and fines of up to $10,000.
“This measure is saying that New Jersey law enforcement has full faith in the abilities of other states’ officials to determine the need for domestic violence protection for victims,” said Senator Madden. “Victims from other states lose their right to protection as soon as they cross the border into New Jersey. This bill is necessary to help preserve the safety and peace of mind of domestic violence survivors.”
The measure now heads to the full Senate for consideration.