What Should I Do if I’m a Domestic Violence Victim in New York?

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There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many people throughout New York State. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you need to know two things: 1) you are not alone and 2) there is a way out. Please continue reading and reach out to our Suffolk County domestic violence lawyer to learn more about what defines domestic violence in New York, what your options are, and how we can help you through each step of the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What constitutes domestic violence in New York?

The first thing you should understand about domestic violence is that it can occur between either gender, any race, and any sexual orientation. Essentially, any person can be made a victim of domestic violence. Of course, if you believe you are a domestic violence victim, you likely are, however, there are certain crimes that specifically fall under the category of domestic violence. Some of those crimes include sexual assault, criminal trespass, kidnapping, false imprisonment, stalking, criminal sexual conduct, assault, harassment, and more. Note that domestic violence is not just physical–it can come in the form of mental, verbal, or financial abuse as well.

How can I get an order of protection in New York?

Here in New York State, you can get an order of protection by either calling the police and telling them you’re a victim of domestic violence or by telling your local courthouse of your situation. As long as you can prove that you are a domestic violence victim, you should receive an order of protection. An order of protection will order that your abuser stays away from you and your family, such as by barring them from your home. It may also force them to abide by all custody and support orders. If you were once married to the abuser, an act of domestic violence may warrant a modification to your initial custody agreement, as it shows they are a potential threat to your child. Finally, in most cases, when someone is found guilty of domestic violence in New York, they likely will be prohibited from owning a firearm. If you have further questions or you need a legal team that can help keep you safe, please don’t hesitate to speak with our Suffolk County family law attorney today. Our firm is on your side, and your future is our number one priority.


If you require strong and dedicated legal representation through a divorce or family law matter in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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