How Can I Protect Myself After an Act of Domestic Violence in NY?

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If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you take action to protect yourself by securing protection for yourself and your family. To learn more about securing protection, continue reading and reach out to our compassionate and dedicated New York domestic violence attorney for guidance.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can occur in various ways and does not always have to include physical acts. The following are some of the many forms that this violence can manifest:

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

Informing law enforcement of this violence is unfortunately not enough to receive the protection that you require. Instead, you must provide evidence of this behavior. This is why it is recommended that you reach out to an experienced domestic violence attorney who will assist you in fighting for the justice and protection you require.

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

New York provides victims with the opportunity to receive protection from their abusers by obtaining an Order of Protection. This order requires the abuser to stay away from the victim and their children. The abuser must also relinquish any firearms they have and cannot acquire new ones. This will be completed through a local family or criminal court. This step is one of the most crucial steps you can take to protect yourself after an act of domestic violence.

It is important to understand that an Order of Protection is only a temporary restraining order. This is designed to keep you safe until you are able to be granted a Final Restraining Order which will make the permanent order. A Final Restraining Order will do the following:

  • Offers counseling or therapy
  • Provides financial support
  • Provides you with temporary custody of any minors
  • Protects you from future violence
  • Prohibits contact and harassment
  • Prohibits the abuser from bearing arms or other weapons
  • Allows temporary possession of personal property

To get started with this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated firm who has experience assisting individuals through these difficult matters. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. To schedule your initial consultation with our legal team, pick up the phone today.


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

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