I just received this email from a reader in NYC.
""I'm hoping you may be able to send me in the right direction. I am a 42 year old woman, I own my own retail shop in NYC, I have lived w/ my boyfriend for a year. He was drinking got aggressive bruised my elbow. Next day he showed up at the shop drunk and making a scene, cop drove by and saw this. Had my partner sit, asked me what was going on and I said he was drunk and could he make him leave because he gets stupid and aggressive. Cop asked me what I meant and I said look at my bruise, he gets stupid. Cop arrested him, told me I had to close up and fill out paperwork, I did and Temporary Order Of Protection was placed. charges were not filed for Domestic Violence but for contept ( he came home, police showed up and arrested him again) I pleaded with the DA to remove Temporary Order Of Protection to no avail. In an attempt to force him into a 18 month program, Temporary Order Of Protection was attached to contempt charge. He plead guilty to that and a five year Order Of Protection was placed , minutes say can be lowered to limited when treatment facility sees fit. Problem is he has been sitting in jail for 3months and may be better off finishing jail time in Feb.
We need to fight this Temporary Order Of Protection crap. We have never called the police. We have never had any other fights. The court simply wanted to use this law as leverage to get my boyfriend to do as they wished.
I have 20 affidavits from the community stating that they have never witnessed a problem including our family doctor.
Who can help me fight this Order Of Protection? Please help me, we are a family, he worked with and lived with me. Please eemail or call me if you can I am desperate to get my family back together.""