Domestic Abuse in New York State

Domestic Abuse in New York State

There is nothing more terrifying than an abusive spouse. No matter your age, gender, or sexual orientation, you can be a victim of domestic abuse. Oftentimes, victims do not want to believe that the person they love and married is actually a monster, so they make excuses. Victims (or survivors) of domestic abuse are not weak–however, their spouse very often does anything in their power to make them believe they are. It is never okay to feel afraid in your own home.

Though you may feel too intimidated to speak out, the most important thing you can do is take action as soon as possible. If you know deep down that you are being mistreated, degraded, or abused, it is time to stop making excuses and pick up the phone. We want to help you live the safe, productive life you deserve, all while being surrounded by positive relationships. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the process going forward:

What behavior does New York State recognize as abusive?

New York courts recognize behavior such as physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, or even economic abuse as domestic violence. Very often, victims of domestic violence face threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional persecution from their “loved one.” This is unacceptable–and downright cruel. Fortunately, our firm is here to help.

What should domestic violence victims do?

Though it may seem impossible to break free, it isn’t–and we can help you do so. If you feel immediately threatened, the most important thing you can do is call the police and get you and your children a safe distance away from your abusive spouse. From here, you must file an Order of Protection against your abusive spouse–we can help you do this. Essentially, this establishes a temporary restraining order, preventing your spouse from contacting you until the case is heard either in family or criminal court–or both. If the incident of abuse is proven in court, your spouse will receive a permanent restraining order.

Can domestic abuse affect child custody terms?

It certainly can. If you can prove that the abuse has affected you and your children’s lives, you may be granted sole custody of your children. However, this is sometimes challenging to prove, as domestic abuse isn’t always a physical attack. Our firm is ready to do whatever it takes to keep you and your children safe. We can use various types of evidence, including text messages, emails, medical documents, police reports, and more to prove your case.

Contact our experienced Nassau county firm

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