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VIDEO: Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Allegations

Elliot Schlissel discusses domestic violence and sexual abuse allegations in today’s video.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Domestic violence situations often occur in residences. Domestic violence cases involving requests for Orders of Protection, arrests by the police, and applications in the Family Court usually involve individuals who live in the same residence. The District Attorney’s offices in the Metropolitan New York area take allegations of domestic violence quite seriously. Many of the District Attorney’s offices have special units designed to investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases.

Sexual Abuse: Forcible Touching

In the State of New York there are a variety of related crimes: sexual assault, sexual abuse and improper touching. New York has a new statute involving forcible touching. This involves individuals touching other individuals without permission in an inappropriate and/or degrading manner.

The sexual related crimes take into consideration the age of the victim, the circumstances of the crime, the nature and extent of the contact. In certain situations individuals convicted of sexual crimes have to file under the sex offender registration statute. Our office has experience in dealing with false charges involving sexual abuse related to domestic disputes and cases involving divorces and/or custody litigation.

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False Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Improper and false allegations of sexual abuse can have impact on all aspects of a person’s life. It can cause an individual to be thrown out of his or her home, lose their job and/or be considered a sex offender, which will create numerous problems in finding future employment. All cases involving alleged sexual domestic violence issues should be taken very seriously. If you, or a friend, or family member are accused of a sexual related incident or domestic violence matter, it is important you retain competent counsel as quickly as possible.

Order of Protection Extended!

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In the case of Matter of Molloy v. Molloy 204-0766, the Appellate Division of the Second Department, an Appeals Court, reversed a lower Family Court Order and held changes to the New York Family Act in 2010 allows litigants to come to court and seek orders of protection extensions upon making a presentation of “good cause.”

History of The Case

In the Molloy case Mr. And Mrs. Molloy married in 2002. They had one child from the marriage. In 2010 Mrs. Molloy brought a proceeding in the Family Court against her husband. She claimed he committed third degree menacing, second degree reckless endangerment and third degree assault upon her. As a result of these charges the Family Court Judge issued a two (2) year order of protection for both her and the parties’ child. The order of protection was a stay away order of protection except the father could come to pick up the daughter upon court ordered visitation dates.

Extension of the Order of Protection

Before the order of protection expired, Mrs. Molloy brought an application for an extension of the order of protection. She claimed there was “good cause” as it is defined under the Family Court Act § 842 for the court to extend her order of protection up until December 1, 2018. In her moving papers she claimed her husband had violated the order of protection. She alleged he would show up at her apartment and bang on her door. On one occasion he drove his vehicle too close to her while she was going to the police station with regard to a visitation date with the parties’ child. In addition, a girlfriend of Mr. Molloy warned Mrs. Molloy he had threatened to kill her when the order of protection had expired. As a result of these allegations Mrs. Molloy filed a complaint with the police for Mr. Molloy’s violation of the order of protection. The police arrested him and he eventually plead guilty to disorderly conduct.

The Lower Court Ruling

Mrs. Molloy had brought an application before Family Court Judge Dennis Lebwohl. She requested that her prior order of protection be extended. Judge Lebwohl ruled against her. In his decision he wrote there had previously been a ruling of the criminal court with regard to an order of protection and therefore the order of protection envisioned under Family Court Act Section 842 had been achieved. Therefore, Judge Lebwohl ruled Mrs. Molloy had not met the statutory requirement of showing good cause to have her order of protection extended.

The Appeal

Mrs. Molloy appealed. The Appellate Division, Second Department (an appeals court) reversed Judge Lebwohl’s decision. They made this ruling based on the fact Mrs. Molloy had met the good cause standard under Family Court Act Section 842. The Appellate Division held the showing of good cause should take into consideration the relationship between the parties involved and the circumstances related to the entry of the original order of protection. In addition, the court ruled issues such as the relationship between the parties at the time the application for an extension is requested and the frequency of interaction between the parties, in addition to prior incidences of domestic violence are violations of orders of protection that should be taken into consideration as good cause. The court also held if there is reasonable concern for the safety and well being of the party who had originally received the order of protection the court is empowered to extend it.

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The appeals court took into consideration that the Molloys still had a child in common and there was visitation taking place where the child was handed off from one parent to another. The court stated “therefore it is clear from the record that the petitioner’s fear that the respondent may stalk, harass, or attack her is well founded, and that the unavoidable interactions between the parties may subject her to re occurrences of violence.” The court’s ruling was that the requirement under Section 842 of the New York Family Court Act had not been met.

Disorderly Conduct Conviction: the Basis for Family Offense Petition


Kamruli was convicted of disorderly conduct in a Criminal Court on October 19, 2015. His wife, Dolaly, had filed in the Family Court of Queens county a petition alleging a family offense under Family Court Act Section 812-1 which stated she had been assaulted by her husband, Kamruli on two separate occasions.  Dolaly took the position since this matter had been adjudicated, by the criminal court, her husband could not deny the allegations in Family Court and in addition the Family Court should consider this issue regarding the assaults to be resolved in her favor.

Judge John Hunt sitting in the Family Court ruled Kamruli could not submit one position in the criminal court and an inconsistent position in the Family Court.  Judge Hunt then ruled there was sufficient proof that Kamruli’s conviction for disorderly conduct constituted one or more valid allegations in his wife’s family offense petition and therefore Dolaly’s family offense petition was considered to be proved and the relief she requested was granted.


There is often an interaction between domestic violence issues in the Family Court in the state of New York and in the Criminal Courts. This case stands for the position if an individual is convicted in Criminal Court, the conviction can be used against him or her to prove the truthfulness of the allegations against the individual in the Family Court too.

Attorney Elliot S. Schlissel

Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates represent clients in the Metropolitan New York area in domestic violence matters, family court proceedings and divorce cases.

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