BROOKLYN, New York. As our homes become ever-more connected to technology, the New York Times reports that these modes of technology have created new avenues for harassers to take control. Some abusers use digital locks, thermostats, and even cameras to monitor their partners. In some cases, abusers may use cameras to watch their partner, and in other cases, the technology is used to intimidate and control.
In cases where individuals have sought restraining orders against domestically abusive partners, the restraining orders may not always include language that restricts the use of technology. Some domestic violence lawyers are looking for ways to include technology restrictions in their restraining orders. If you believe that an abusive ex might use technology to spy on you or to control your home’s devices, consider reaching out to the Elliot Green Law Offices, domestic violence lawyers in Brooklyn, New York. Our firm can take the time to understand your unique circumstances and put protective orders in place to protect both you and your children.
Technology can be used to create scenarios where women are psychologically abused or feel like they are trapped in their abuser’s web of control. Women have reported cases where their thermostats went up to very hot temperatures or where their speakers suddenly started blasting loud music. To add to the complications, the abuser may be the one who had installed the technology and may have access to the passwords or control systems.
When women take control of the situation and uninstall the devices or change passwords, violence can sometimes escalate. In the same way that it can be dangerous to leave an abuser, it can also be dangerous to take back control over an abuser’s smart devices.
While many cases of technological abuse fall outside the criminal court system, if an abuser circulates imagery of a naked partner or video taken during intimate moments, the violation could fall under some revenge porn laws. However, according to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, New York currently doesn’t have revenge porn laws on the books. In New Jersey, posting this kind of content can be seen as an invasion of privacy.
Even if you don’t include technology in your restraining order, the Times reports that a partner tinkering with a person’s home devices would often be seen as a violation of a no contact order.
Domestic violence is about control. In many cases, domestic violence involves psychological abuse and control long before it involves physical violence. If you believe you may be in an abusive relationship, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. A restraining order may be able to protect you and your children. The Elliot Green Law Offices are domestic violence lawyers in Brooklyn, New York who work closely with victims and families to protect their rights. Leaving an abusive relationship is the time when you are most at risk of suffering greater violence. Protect yourself and your children. Seek help.
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