Laws on Domestic Violence
Physical, Sexual, Emotional, & Verbal Abuse
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior against your spouse, intimate partner, or any other cohabitant. These crimes can take many for ms and they are not limited to the obvious physical violence. Examples of domestic violence may include:
- Physical aggression or assault
- Imposing threats of harm
- Sexual abuse
- Intimidation & harassment
- Emotional abuse
- Unlawful imprisonment
The laws of New York can be severe against domestic violence and the abuser may face criminal penalties. The maximum penalty for a person convicted of domestic violence is up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Other possible consequences may include community service, victim restitution, and court-mandated counseling.
These unlawful acts can happen to anyone male or female regardless of their size and stature. No one should have to live in fear of someone that they love. Abusers use tactics of guilt, shame, fear and intimidation in order to control others. Domestic abuse does not discriminate, it can happen in heterosexual couples and in same-sex marriages. Race, age, gender and economic dispositions do not make a difference although women are more commonly victimized. The case and point is that abusive behavior is never acceptable and there is no excuse or room for it in the eyes of the law. As an individual, you deserve to feel respected, safe, valued and cared for by your loved ones.
Victims of an Abusive Relationship
Domestic violence usually begins in the form of threats and then escalates from verbal abuse into physical. There are emotional and psychological consequences that stem from this behavior and it could have lasting effects on the image and self-esteem of the victim. Abuse may leave you feeling helpless, alone, depressed or anxious and the first step towards healing is realizing the situation that you are in. You don't have to go through this alone, contact an attorney and protect yourself and your family from any further harm. You can also contact a domestic violence help center to begin your healing process.