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Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior perpetuated by an intimate partner against their partner with the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control.
Allegations of domestic violence or abuse can be seen at the forefront of many divorce and child custody cases. Domestic violence comes in many forms. While bruises and black eyes permeate our television screens, we know that the scars from repeated emotional and verbal abuse have a lasting impact on the recipients of the abuse, and that children who are present to hear and/or see domestic violence are also negatively impacted. All of the attorneys at Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC have been trained to work with clients whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. We have litigated hundreds of cases involving family offense allegations and we work closely with various agencies providing services to survivors of domestic violence.
The most dangerous time for a victim is when she tries to leave an abusive relationship. The safety of our clients is a top priority and, therefore, we safety plan with our clients to ensure that they are safe and that the legal action we take on their behalf will not put them in further danger.
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence, options are available. One option is requesting that a civil Order of Protection be issued against the abuser. In New York, various provisions can be included in Orders of Protection. For example, an abuser can be directed to:
– Stay away from and have no contact with the victim;
– Pay child support;
– Move out of the marital home;
– Attend a batterer’s intervention program;
– Refrain from harming companion animals;
– Provide the victim with identification documents (i.e. birth certificate, Social Security Card); and
– Exercise limited parenting time with the children.
The attorneys at Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC prioritize the filing of all Family Offense Petitions because we know that obtaining immediate protection from the Courts is vital to one’s safety. Having an attorney who listens, is sensitive to the issues, empathetic, and knowledgeable about domestic violence is essential to a victim’s safety. The attorneys at Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC understand the dynamics of domestic violence and the various tactics that an abusive spouse/partner will use, including using the court system and the children, to try to make a victim stay.
Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC practices primarily in the following counties:
• Albany County
• Columbia County
• Fulton County
• Greene County
• Montgomery County
• Rensselaer County
• Saratoga County
• Schenectady County
• Schoharie County
If you have questions about Domestic Violence, need help obtaining a New York civil Order of Protection, or would like to set up a consultation appointment, please contact office@theCDSLawFirm.com or (518) 436-4170.