How Can I Protect Myself From Domestic Violence in New York?

After an act of domestic violence occurs, it is important to understand that you are not to blame. The unfortunate reality of these horrible situations is that they can happen to anyone. This is regardless of their age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. When facing these situations, the most important thing you can do is to take action in order to ensure your safety and protection. 

To learn more about how this is done, continue reading below and reach out to a compassionate New York domestic violence attorney for assistance. 

What is Domestic Violence?

Acts of domestic violence can happen in many different ways. It is important to know that they are not always physical actions that can be seen. The following are the different forms of domestic violence that can occur:

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

Unfortunately, it is not enough to inform law enforcement of an act of domestic violence in order to receive the protection you need. Victims are required to show evidence of the abuse. This can be difficult to do but do not become discouraged by it. Instead, reach out to an experienced attorney for assistance finding evidence and fighting for the justice you deserve. 

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

In New York, victims of domestic abuse are given the opportunity to receive the protection that they need from their abusers in order to restart their life. This can be accomplished with an Order of Protection by the state. This requires your abuser to not contact you as well as give up any firearms they have. They also cannot acquire new firearms. An Order of Protection can be obtained through a local family or criminal court, as well as in a divorce case. While it can be scary to inform the court of domestic abuse, it is the most important thing you can do for yourself. 

It is important to know that an Order of Protection is only temporary. It is designed to keep you safe until a hearing can take place to grant a Final Restraining Order. This makes the order permanent, allowing 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

Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.