You may seek an order of protection from Family Court if:
- You are legally married to or divorced from the abuser;
- You are related by blood to the abuser;
- You have a child in common with the abuser;
- You are or have been in an intimate relationship with the abuser (this includes dating, living together, and same-sex relationships); and/or,
- You and the abuser are members of the same household.
You can seek an order of protection from Family Court even if there is criminal case pending with an order of protection.
You may receive an order of protection in the Family Court if the incident complained of constitutes a “Family Offense.” These offenses include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Harassment in the first or second degree
- Menacing in the second or third degree
- Reckless endangerment
- Assault in the second or third degree
- Attempted assault
- Certain financial crimes