What to do if You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence
Unfortunately, over the last few weeks, we have seen a drastic uptick in domestic violence cases in New York. If you are someone who is the victim of domestic violence, you should not feel too frightened to contact the authorities and pursue a restraining order against the abuser. Please continue reading and reach out to our compassionate Nassau County family law attorney to learn more about domestic violence law and how our firm can help you get the restraining order you need to go in living a safe, productive life without worry. Here are some of the questions you may have about the legal process ahead:
How does New York law define domestic violence?
Incidents of domestic violence can occur between people of all genders, races, religions, and more, which is why, first and foremost, you should know that you are not alone. New York State defines domestic violence as the act of maintaining control over an adult intimate partner through coercive tactics, such as physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse. That being said, domestic violence is not solely physical acts of violence, and can include any of the following behaviors:
- Emotional persecution
- Sexual exploitation
How do I get a restraining order in Nassau County?
There are few things worse than being fearful for your safety in your own home. That is why in Nassau County, you may obtain an Order of Protection against the abuser. The first thing you should do is call the police, or visit your local police station on your own and inform them of the incident. Ensure you provide details, explaining why you must receive a temporary restraining order as soon as possible. This Order of Protection will limit the accused abuser’s contact with you and your children. Shortly thereafter, you will have to attend a court session, either in a family or criminal court, wherein you will have to prove your case.
For this reason, it is oftentimes best to hire an experienced Nassau County domestic violence attorney who can effectively gather and present evidence on your behalf to help ensure the restraining order is made final so you can go on living life safe, comfortable, and with peace of mind. We are here to help you through every step of the process ahead.
Contact our experienced Nassau County firm
The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., rated Nassau County’s “BEST” divorce lawyers and proudly serving clients in Nassau and Suffolk County for more than 22 years, is always available to assist and represent parties in divorce, separation and all other matrimonial and family law matters. Contact us online or call today to schedule your complimentary case analysis: (516) 342-3575.