Domestic violence is an extremely serious offense but can also be a very complicated matter in terms of taking legal action. Often times, these cases can escalate to the point that a spouse is fearful for his or her life and that of his or her children. The first thing a victim of domestic violence should do is call the police. Once the violence is reported, police will help you find a safe place to reside, away from the abuser; inform you of the processes of obtaining an order of protection, child support, custody, or visitation; help you and your children receive necessary medical treatment; obtain belongings from your home; and guide you through filing a complaint.
If you call the police during or after a violent incident has occurred, it is important to be as detailed with the officers as possible. Details you should tell them that may help your case include:
• What happened
• Where the abuser is if you know
• What weapons may have been involved and where they are, if any
• The location of your children, if you have any
• Injuries sustained by you, your children, or your pets
It also important that you keep or document anything that can be used as evidence in your case, if you are able to do so safely and without threat of harm. This includes photos of visible injuries to you, your children, or your pets, damage to property, threatening messages or those apologizing for hurting or scaring you, as well as statements from you or those who witnessed any abuse.
After speaking to the police and securing the safety of yourself and your family, it is important to contact a Long Island attorney who can guide you through the remainder of the legal process associated with domestic violence cases. The attorneys at the Law Office of Larry McCord & Associates are experienced in handling these emotional and complex cases with compassion and success. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (631) 643-3084.