intimate partner violence
Intimate partner violence is a pervasive issue, and help is available.
The effects of intimate partner violence are long-lasting, affecting many aspects of a survivor’s life. This includes their physical safety, economic stability, housing, and health. Intimate partner violence can also have profound effects on children, who have often witnessed the violence. Access to trauma-informed, client-centered representation is crucial for our clients’ paths towards self-determination, safety, and security.
NYLAG worked with 3,100 survivors of intimate partner violence on orders of protection, divorce, and custody issues in the last year
Our team helps survivors to regain their autonomy and enforce their legal rights. We stand with survivors in court, fighting for their safety so that they can rebuild and live a life free of violence. NYLAG’s lawyers can help in the following ways:
- Obtaining and enforcing orders of protection
- Representing clients in contested and uncontested divorce proceedings
- Advocating for a fair and just division of assets and financial support
- Securing or maintaining custody/visitation of their children
- Securing safe visitation orders
- Helping in safety planning
- Obtaining and enforcing orders for child and spousal support
- Assisting in child protection cases to keep children safe
- Representing survivors on appeals involving family and divorce matters
- Defending against abusive tactics, such as false arrests and false filings
- Working with immigrant survivors to secure legal status
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NYLAG is part of the solution to end intimate partner violence:
The last 18 months have exacerbated many barriers that survivors face when attempting to access justice. Many of the survivors we have spoken to during the pandemic have complained of increased barriers, including lack of language access, lack of access to technology and childcare, and heightened mistrust of the legal system and the police.
More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Research, as well as NYLAG’s experience advocating for survivors, has established that Linda’s situation is not unique: domestic violence is often accompanied by financially controlling or retaliatory behavior.
NYLAG has launched the #RethinkCredibility campaign to highlight why the legal system’s failure to understand the intersections of racism, poverty, and trauma often results in a denial of justice for domestic violence survivors. And what we can do change it.