Domestic Violence in New York

Domestic Violence in New York

Domestic violence is a very difficult issue that torments the lives of countless people. The state of New York works hard to protect those victims of abuse and help them regain control of their lives. The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act was created in 1994 to enable New York to become more proactive in protecting its victims. The act called for more aggressive law enforcement and criminal justice intervention. Under it, victims are able to protect themselves with immediate legal action to hold abusers responsible for their actions. Victims of this violence can be anyone in a domestic relationship. This includes those who are married, separated, divorced, live together, date, or share a child with another person. Victims of domestic violence should enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can guide them to protection.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not have one type of victim. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender, social status, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. While many people see domestic violence as only physical abuse, it can manifest in several other ways. Domestic abuse can happen in many ways and does not necessarily show physical signs. Examples may include:

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


The state of New York allows victims of abuse the opportunity to receive protection. This can be done through their right to request an Order of Protection against an abuser. Requesting an Order of Protection can be done in a local family or criminal court. It may also be requested during a divorce case. An Order of Protection requires an abuser to stay away from the victim, barring them from their home and forcing them to abide by child custody and support orders. The order also forces an abuser to give up any firearms they have, as well as keeps them from acquiring any new ones.

False Accusations

If an individual is accused of domestic violence, they could face very serious consequences as a result. This may include jail time as well as a criminal record for the rest of their life. This is why it is extremely important to not accuse other people of abuse if they are not guilty of doing so. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the strict laws in New York and falsely accuse other individuals of abuse. This sometimes happens when one person wishes to have power or control over another. The accusations can severely impact an individual’s reputation as well as their future. It is important to contact an attorney that can clear your name if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.

Contact Our Firm

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. today.

The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. understands that divorce and family law matters can be very complicated and emotional. They require strong legal representation from a compassionate attorney. Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation.

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