What is Domestic Violence?


In the state of New York, domestic violence is a broad definition for a number of offenses including order of protection violation, harassment, stalking, assault and menacing. Domestic violence charges are very serious, with the penalties dependent on the exact gravity of the offense the person is accused of and his criminal history.

Apart from prison sentences, convictions for domestic violence carry a range of wider consequences including mandatory anger management programs, immigration problems and a permanent criminal record.

What Causes Domestic Violence?

In recent years, domestic violence cases in NY and even beyond have drastically increased, and perhaps a bit of it can be attributed to an increase in stress levels, which makes many people unable to cope with provocation in a more controlled manner. There have been a number of high-profile domestic violence cases in the media.

Domestic violence usually refers to a series of crimes committed against people with whom one has a close, often familial relationship. This includes married and unmarried couples and people who live in the same household.

Charged with Domestic Violence

If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges in NY, it is imperative that you contact the Law Offices of Stephan Siegel so that you have someone experienced and knowledgeable to listen to your side of the story and aggressively fight for your rights and freedom.

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Types of Domestic Violence

As previously mentioned, domestic violence covers a variety of offenses, distinguished between assault and/or battery because of the nature of the relationship between the complainant and the accused person. You cannot be charged with domestic violence in the state of New York, rather, you will be charged with any one of the following:


  • Disorderly conduct

    This is violently acting out against another person in a public space e.g. having an argument that becomes loud and/or physically violent

  • Harassment

    Having annoying/violent behavior towards another person e.g. shoving, kicking, striking or other forms of physical/uncomfortable contact. It can also include aggravated assault where the accused uses electronic or written communication to disturb the complainant

  • Sexual misconduct

    This is engaging in any sexual acts, with or without actual penetration, without the other party’s consent, even if you’re in a romantic relationship

  • Sexual abuse

    Sexual contact with another person without their consent. There are several bases upon which the lack of consent is determined

  • Rape

    This is forced sexual intercourse with a person, and can be in the first, second or third degrees

  • Assault

    Causing physical harm to another person, intentional or not, following your negligence or recklessness

  • Reckless endangerment

    Engaging in conduct that puts another person at a high risk of being exposed to serious injury

  • Stalking

    Following and/or communicating with another person in a manner that makes them afraid for their safety

  • Strangulation and murder

    These are the most serious acts of domestic violence, including attempts thereunto