Domestic Violence: An Overview

Domestic Violence is defined by mental or physical abuse between two people living together or between two individuals who share a social or personal relationship. Both men and women of different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and regardless of age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, education and occupation are affected by it. However, according to the National Domestic Violence hotline, most of its victims are women- citing that 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence at one point in their lives. The abuse can include any or all of the following:

  • Emotional & psychological abuse
    • Threats
    • Manipulation
    • Preventing mate from working
    • Isolating mate from friends and family
    • Keeping mate from seeing children
    • Name Calling
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Rape
  • Physical Abuse
    • Slapping
    • Punching
    • Kicking

In these cases, it’s extremely important to seek help from family and friends; you should also contact a local advocacy group for support, information, and advice on how to stay safe. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) for the nearest program. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English, Spanish, and other languages. You can also reach the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at to find shelter and support nearest you.

To protect victims of domestic violence, New York State courts issues orders of protection. Villaverde Law has vast experience in cases where orders of protection have been issued and also defending individuals who have been unjustly accused. We can help you obtain a Divorce and Child Custody by proving you have been subjected to Domestic Violence. We are here for our clients and guide them through every step, ensuring they always feel supported and protected by knowing that our team will use our legal knowledge and experience to fight for them and get the most beneficial outcome. Do not hesitate to contact us to get a free consultation.

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