There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home, though unfortunately, this is something all victims of domestic violence go through on a daily basis, and if you are a domestic violence victim, a compassionate Nassau County domestic violence lawyer here at Barrows Levy PLLC is ready to help you get to safety as soon as possible. Contact our firm today to learn more about the process ahead and how we can guide you through it.
Nassau County Domestic Violence Lawyer | Protecting Domestic Violence Victims
If you are a victim of domestic violence, unfortunately, you are not alone. Countless individuals throughout NYS feel trapped with abusive spouses and intimate partners. However, you should understand that you are not trapped. There is an out, and our firm is here to help show you the way.
What Qualifies as Domestic Violence?
The first thing you should understand is that domestic violence does not discriminate; it can occur regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, and more. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. New York State law defines domestic violence as maintaining control over an adult intimate partner through such tactics as physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse. The bottom line is that domestic violence is not limited to physical contact, and if you believe that you are a victim of domestic violence, you most likely are, and we are here to help.
How to Obtain an Order of Protection in New York
The first thing you should understand is that if you are in immediate danger, the most important thing you can do is call the police. They will get you and your family to safety for the time being. From here, you will file an Order of Protection against the offender, which will grant you a temporary restraining order until a later court date, wherein a judge will determine if the temporary restraining order should be made final. You should note that you can choose whether you wish to present your case in family or criminal court (you can also choose both, if you wish to obtain a final restraining order and also to pursue criminal charges against the abuser). A Nassau County family law attorney here at Barrows Levy PLLC can help prove your accusations to ensure both you and your family’s safety.
Modifying Child Custody After an Incident of Domestic Violence
When someone commits an act of violence against either their child or the child’s parent, that child’s parent should have legal grounds to request a modification to their child custody agreement. As long as we can prove that the act of domestic violence impacted you and your child, the court should act in your child’s best interests and award you sole custody in an effort to protect your child from the abusive parent.
Contact Our Nassau County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Victims of domestic violence in Nassau County and throughout New York State can turn to the compassionate family law attorneys here at Barrows Levy PLLC in their time of need. Contact us today so we can begin working on a plan to get you and your family to safety as soon as possible.