NYC Non-Profit Offers Support for Domestic Abuse Victims and Their Pets

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

For many victims of domestic violence who consider leaving their partners, the decision is rarely straightforward. Aside from the emotional ties a victim has with their partner, there is often a long list of practical matters to consider, such as access to a car, removal of personal items, or even how to care for their children and pets. The logistical challenge of moving these items without alerting the abuser or without having the resources or assistance to transport them can be daunting- sometimes discouraging a victim from taking any action at all.  

If you are a victim of domestic violence in New Jersey, contact our Lento Law Firm's Family Law Team today for help. Our compassionate Team will walk you through your options, ensuring you feel comfortable and cared for. Reach out for a confidential consultation by calling 888-535-3686 or using our online contact form.  

New York City's Urban Resource Center  

Fortunately, there are countless resources for domestic violence victims that they may not be aware of, such as the Urban Resource Center, a  NYC-based non-profit that provides housing assistance for domestic violence victims and their pets. For instance, shared the story of a mother who was able to find housing for her daughter and elderly cat, a journey she couldn't have imagined taking without their beloved, "Bebe." 

The Center offers housing to victims and their pets, a compassionate alternative to other housing alternatives that do not accommodate fury members of the family. Leaving an abuser is often hard enough, and the Center recognizes that pets are an invaluable source of emotional support and normalcy throughout an incredibly challenging experience.  

Protective Assistance for Domestic Violence Victims 

In New Jersey, domestic violence victims seeking legal protection can request restraining orders from their local courthouse. Restraining orders can be either temporary or final. A temporary restraining order (TRO) is often issued when a plaintiff is in immediate danger or has already experienced domestic violence. An "on-call" judge usually gives orders during these urgent situations. Final restraining orders in New Jersey do not terminate and are given after an evidentiary hearing demonstrating the victim's need to be protected from their abuser.  

After gathering the strength to stand up for yourself and protect your future, requesting a restraining order is often the next, most important,  legal step for domestic violence victims. Remember, reaching out for help is a brave and vital step toward a safer future. 

New Jersey Restraining Order Attorney 

If you are a victim of domestic violence in New Jersey, contact our Lento Law Firm's Family Law Team today for help. Our compassionate Team will walk you through your options, ensuring you feel comfortable and cared for. Reach out for a confidential consultation by calling 888-535-3686 or using our online contact form.  

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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