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Recession Leads To More Abuse Cases

domestic_violence_080207_ms-150x150Do financial difficulties lead to more incidents of domestic violence in our society? Sandra Oliva, Director of the Nassau County Coalition of Domestic Violence, stated that “issues facing families these days have increased the potential for more violence”. Sandra Oliva looks for ways to prevent abuse an to assist victims. In a recent Newsday article, she indicated that victims seeking help have recently been talking about job loss, hunger and chronic unemployment.

Pamela Johnson, the Executive Director of the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, also feels that unemployment causes abusers to be at home more often. As a result, they have more time to victimize their significant others.

Linda Smith, a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School who has worked with domestic violence victims, recently stated in a Newsday article that when people lose their jobs, they lose their self-esteem. This commonly leads to an unhappy domestic atmosphere. Although a poor economy may lead to more domestic violence, the experts are not sure that a healthy economy has any effect on reducing domestic violence.

Should you have any issues concerning domestic violence, feel free to call the domestic violence attorneys at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo, by email or at 1-800-344-6431.

Married Women Can Obtain Orders of Protection Against Boyfriends

emotional-cheating-1Let’s assume you are married. But on the side you also have a boyfriend. During the course of your dalliance with your boyfriend he becomes abusive. What can you do?

In 2008 New York law changed regarding obtaining orders of protection. The law now allows individuals in “intimate” relationships with non-relatives to obtain orders of protection.

In January of 2009 the Madison County Family Court denied Jessica D’s request for an order of protection based on public policy. The court in this case acknowledged that Jessica and her boyfriend had an intimate relationship but for public policy reasons since she was married the court refused to give her an order of protection.

The Appellate Division for the Third Department (an appeals court) held that the purpose for the expansion of the law by the State Legislature was to protect citizens from domestic abuse situations. The court held that the legislature’s intent was to extend the court’s jurisdiction to grant orders of protection to relationships of a non-traditional nature, such as a married woman having meritorious relationship during the term of her marriage with a boyfriend.

Orders of protection can create all kinds of problems for both men and women. Should you experience these problems feel free to contact the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo for assistance at 1-800-344-6431.

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