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Safety First Avoids the Worst: Domestic Violence & Orders of Protection in New York

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Domestic violence is a serious issue that is often overlooked and underreported.  Victims of domestic violence have rights, and the Law Offices of Jay D. Raxenberg can help you obtain protection.

Here are a few important things to know about domestic violence and obtaining an Order of Protection:

· Your abuser does not need to be your spouse, nor must you live together in order to obtain an Order of Protection.  In 2008, a new law was passed that says people who are/ were in an intimate relationship are eligible to get an order of protection in family court.


· An “intimate” relationship does not have to mean a sexual one.  To decide if a relationship is intimate, the judge will look at the nature (type) of the relationship, and how often and for how long the people in the relationship were in contact.


· An Order of Protection can help stop stalking, harassment, abuse, and imminent threats of violence for you and/or your children.


·There are 2 different orders you can get: (1) “REFRAIN FROM” orders prohibit the abuser from continuing to threaten, harm or harass the victim; (2) “STAY AWAY” orders are more protective than refrain from orders.  In addition to ordering the abuser to refrain from stalking, harassing, threatening or abusing, a stay away order also prohibits the abuser from coming within a certain distance of the victim’s residence or place of employment.


If you are a victim of domestic violence, Long Island Family Law Attorney Jay D. Raxenberg can help you get protection.   Contact the firm for a complimentary consultation.

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