Proposed legislation reintroduced in Congress recently may be a step forward in protecting victims of domestic violence in New York and across the nation. Currently, only 3 percent of shelters for victims of domestic abuse accept pets, even though perpetrators of domestic violence frequently harm pets or use threats of violence against them as a means of controlling the animal's owner. Because of this, domestic violence victims often remain in dangerous or abusive situations out of fear for what will happen to their pets if the animals are left behind.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sadly, domestic abuse is a widespread epidemic that affects all communities in New York. Victims can be of any age, gender, religion, nationality or economic status. While every case is unique, most of them involve one party with a dominant personality who wants to control a spouse or partner in every possible way.
Judges in family courts in New York and across the country make difficult decisions every day. They must weigh the best interests of the child against accusations of parents and suppositions of experts. Often the courts make wise decisions, but other times – as in some domestic abuse cases – the decisions can have tragic consequences.
Some New York residents may be surprised to learn what the the number one concern for Americans' health today. The U.S. Surgeon General noted that domestic abuse is the number one threat to individual health. In understanding its definition and the many forms it takes, more people will be able to help take action against this threat.
The relationships in individuals' lives are often one of the primary aspects of life that give them a sense of meaning and purpose. However, when domestic abuse occurs, a relationship often deteriorates rapidly with far-reaching effects. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is still an ongoing problem in New York and across the country.
Almost all New York residents know that, out of all the experiences in life, relationships can be some of the most long-lasting and life-changing. When the relationship is healthy, it can change a person's life for the better. However, sometimes things fall apart. When domestic abuse is the result, the law must often intervene to protect the victims of this senseless, violent act.
New York residents may find it necessary to seek a legal remedy when domestic disputes escalate to dangerous levels. In these cases, a restraining order may be the optimal way to protect a family from the threat of physical or emotional harm. A family law attorney can evaluate the situation and determine if a restraining order is the best way to get both the protection and support needed during a difficult time.
Domestic abuse is a very serious situation, and those who are facing this struggle have the right to seek a legal remedy. A protective order will not solve all of the family law issues that can come from a domestic abuse case, but it may be the best way to protect yourself and your family. We take these issues very seriously and are dedicated to your needs during this time.
A member of the New York State Assembly recently announced his intention to file legislation that may reduce the alarming number of children's deaths resulting from domestic abuse. It will provide noncustodial caretakers of children with additional rights in an effort to allow timely action in cases where domestic abuse is suspected. It will also place additional responsibility on the custodial parent.
In the world of sports, athletes are invariably held up as heroes and role models for the nation's youth. Unfortunately, young people may often get a mixed message when those same sports figures are later accused of committing crimes. One such man has recently been alleged to have carried out domestic abuse against his former girlfriend. The man is a driver for NASCAR and may be well-known to fans of the sport in New York.