Domestic violence (DV) can happen to anyone. DV has a certain reputation due to its portrayal in media. When DV does not look like our “normal” idea, it can be hard to spot. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs of domestic violence and know what to do if you are a victim of domestic violence.

Types of domestic violence:

Many people assume that domestic violence must involve physical violence. In reality, domestic violence can include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Controlling behavior
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Isolation
  • Terrorization

Obtaining an Order of Protection:

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may benefit from an Order of Protection. This can require the abuser to abide by the following provisions:

  • Have no communication or visits with the victim and the children
  • Leave the home
  • Surrender any firearms
  • Follow other court orders including child support and custody

What does the process entail?

If you go through family or criminal court, or you contact your local police station, you will likely be issued a temporary restraining order (TRO). You will then have to attend a hearing where a judge will determine whether to grant a permanent restraining order. During this time, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help explain to the court why a restraining order is necessary and can even help provide evidence.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of domestic violence, our firm is here to advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with a caring and passionate attorney.

Contact Our Rockland County Firm

If you are faced with a family law matter in Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.