After issuing an order of protection to a woman forced to flee her home because of abuse by her husband and son, a Family Court judge erred when she let the two men stay in the home once the victim had found a new residence, a state appeals panel has ruled.

In a sharply-worded opinion, a four-judge panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, said that the lower court had held the woman “hostage” to the “potential homelessness of her abuser” by refusing to consider her request to move back into the home.