What to Know About Obtaining an Order of Protection?

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While some may not realize it, domestic violence is a major issue, and it is something with which many people struggle. You or someone you know may be involved in a domestic violence situation. If this is the case, you may want to obtain an order of protection. For more information, continue reading.

What is Domestic Violence?

The media has painted domestic violence in such a specific way, that it can be difficult to see real domestic violence. Sometimes, victims of abuse do not even realize that what they are experiencing is abuse. Because domestic violence is often inaccurately portrayed, and rarely discussed, it is important to understand more about domestic violence.

Many people assume domestic violence occurs between a man and a woman in a heterosexual romantic relationship. Additionally, domestic violence is often thought of as physical violence. This is certainly not the case. There are different types of violence, including emotional, sexual, and financial, among others. If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, it is important to reach out for help and explore potential resources. One good option is an order of protection.

What is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection is a legal document that keeps the abuser away from the victim. This can including:

  • Keeping the abuser away
  • Barring them from the home
  • Forcing the abuser to follow child custody and support orders
  • Relinquishing the abuser’s firearms

How Can I Obtain One?

If you wish to obtain an order of protection, you should go to your local police station or local family court. For the most part, you will be granted a temporary order while your legal matters are resolved. You will have to attend a hearing in which you will provide evidence of abuse or intent to harm. A judge will determine whether the order of protection should become permanent. This can be a difficult process, so it may be a good idea to contact a domestic violence attorney. Our firm can help you gather evidence and support you through the trial.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of domestic abuse, and you are interested in obtaining an order of protection, reach out to our firm for more information on the process and other ways you can protect yourself and your family.


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.

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