How Can I Protect Myself After an Act of Domestic Violence in New York?

It is crucial for victims of domestic violence to understand that it is not their fault. An unfortunate reality of life is that people of all backgrounds suffer from these horrible acts. This is regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. The most important thing you can do for yourself when facing these situations is to take action and make sure that it never happens again. This can be accomplished by securing your protection as well as that of any family you have. To learn more about this step in your life, continue reading and contact a compassionate New York domestic violence attorney for assistance. 

What is Domestic Violence?

There are many ways that domestic violence can occur, and it does not always include physical acts that can be seen. The many forms that this violence can manifest in can include but is not limited to the following:

  • Controlling behavior
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Homicide

The unfortunate reality of these situations is that simply informing law enforcement of this violence is not enough to receive the protection that you need. Instead, you must show evidence of this behavior. This can be difficult, but it is important to not get discouraged. Instead, you can contact an experienced attorney to help fight for the justice and protection you need during this difficult time. 

How Do I Obtain an Order of Protection in New York?

The state of New York recognizes the horrible nature of domestic violence and allows victims the opportunity to receive protection from their abusers. This can be done by obtaining an Order of Protection. An Order of Protection requires an abuser to stay away from you as well as any children you may have. In addition to this, the abuser must relinquish any firearms they have and cannot acquire any new ones. This can be done through a local family or criminal court, as well as in addition to a divorce case. While it is understandable that it is scary to inform the court of domestic violence, it is the most important step you can take. 

When dealing with these matters, you must know that an Order of Protection is only a temporary restraining order. This is designed to keep you safe until a hearing can take place to grant a Final Restraining Order, making the order permanent. This allows you the following relief:

  • Protects you from future violence
  • Prohibits contact and harassment
  • Provides you with temporary custody of any minors
  • Provides financial support
  • Offers counseling or therapy
  • Prohibits the abuser from bearing arms or other weapons
  • Allows temporary possession of personal property

Contact our Firm

Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.