If you are a victim of domestic violence, the first thing you must do after the incident is to realize that it is not your fault. Anyone can find themselves victim to these situations, no matter what their age, gender, race, or sexual orientation is. If you find yourself in these circumstances, it is crucial that you take action to ensure that it does not ever happen again. To learn more about how this is done, continue reading below and contact a New York domestic violence attorney for assistance. 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence can occur in several different ways. It is important to know that it does not only show through physical acts. Instead, there are various actions that are considered domestic violence, including the following: 

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

Unfortunately, only informing law enforcement that domestic violence has taken place is not enough to receive protection. Evidence must be shown to prove this behavior occurred. This can be hard to do, but not impossible. Do not get discouraged, simply contact an experienced and compassionate attorney to help you fight for what you need and deserve to protect yourself. 

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

New York helps victims of domestic violence obtain protection from their abusers. This can be done through an Order of Protection. This requires an abuser to stay away from you, as well as any children you may have, while it is in effect. The abuser also must give up any firearms they have and cannot acquire new ones. This can be obtained through a local family or criminal court, as well as in addition to a divorce case. It is understandable that it can be scary to inform the court of domestic violence, but it is the most important step you can take for your future. 

An Order of Protection is only a temporary restraining order that is designed to keep you safe until a hearing can take place. In a hearing, a Final Restraining Order can be granted. This makes the restraining order permanent, allowing 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

The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC understands the harsh implications of relocation can have on a child and his or her parents. When you have a contested relocation matter, it is important to have an experienced attorney to represent you in court. If you are faced with a relocation matter in Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.