Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
If you or your children face threats from your spouse, you need help. It will not get better and it may get worse.
Though men are also victims of domestic abuse, the New York State Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) reports 85 percent of the victims of intimate partner homicides in 2010 were women.
In part, the State of New York defines domestic violence (DV) as a pattern of coercive tactics perpetrated by an adult intimate partner with the goal of establishing and maintaining control… Violent behavior is not limited to physical abuse—it may take the form of emotional, psychological, sexual, or other abuse.
If in a troubled relationship and concerned for yourself and your family, here are steps you can take to regain your safety and peace of mind:
- Consider an order of protection. If threatened or seriously harassed by your spouse or intimate partner, you can obtain an order of protection directing the respondent to stay away from locations frequented by you and your children, and refrain from contacting, calling, or otherwise harassing you. Violation of the order can lead to arrest.
- Learn about staying safe. An abuser can become more violent when their target leaves home. Resources include 24-hour support hotlines, counseling and shelter services, support groups, and other opportunities. Understanding risk and staying safe with your children is critical.
The first step to ending domestic violence is recognizing it. Call my office, or contact the OPDV—but get help.