How Can an Attorney Assist a Domestic Violence Victim?

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If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you reach out to a compassionate Nassau County domestic violence lawyer who can assist you in getting to safety as soon as possible. To learn more about our legal team at Barrows Levy PLLC and how we can help, continue reading and contact our firm today. Here are some questions you may have:

What qualifies as domestic violence?

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Domestic violence can occur regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, and more. New York State law defines domestic violence as maintaining control over an adult intimate partner through tactics such as sexual, physical, psychological, or economic abuse. Domestic abuse is not limited to physical contact.

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

If you are in immediate danger, it is crucial that you call the police. The police will get you and your family to safety for the time being. Next, you will file an Order of Protection against the offender. This will grant you a temporary restraining order until a later court date where a judge will determine if the temporary restraining order should be made final. You will have the option to present your case in family or criminal court, or both, if you wish to obtain a final restraining order and also pursue criminal charges against the abuser. Our legal team at Barrows Levy can help you prove your accusations to ensure you and your family are kept safe.

What should I know about modifying child custody after an incident of domestic violence?

When an act of violence is committed against either an individual’s child or the child’s parent, that child’s parent should have legal grounds to request a modification to their child custody agreement. If it can be proven that the act of domestic violence impacted the parent or the child, the court should act in the child’s best interests and award sole custody in an effort to protect the child from the abusive parent.

If you have any further questions regarding domestic abuse and how our experienced Nassau County family law attorney can assist you, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. To learn more about our services, give our team a call to schedule your initial consultation.


Barrows Levy PLLC is a dedicated New York law firm focused on providing quality legal services to clients in New York City and Long Island. If you require a lawyer who has notable experience handling family and estate planning matters, we are available to help. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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