More than 107,000 acts of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement in Florida in 2015. Many others went unreported for a variety of reasons.
Under Florida law, “domestic violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
“Family or household member” does not mean only spouses, ex-spouses, and people related by blood. It also means people who live together as a family, or have done so in the past, whether they are married or not.
Some examples of domestic violence include the following behaviors:
– Hair pulling
– Harming your pets
– Isolating you from family and friends
– Threatening to commit suicide
– Threatening to kill you
– Controlling your money
– Withholding medical help
– Stalking you
– Demanding sex or unwanted sex practices
– Threatening to “out” you if you are Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or transgender
If you are a victim of domestic violence, or believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming one, you can apply for an injunction for protection, and should consult an experienced family law attorney.
Zweben Law Group can offer the assistance and advice you need to file an injunction and attend the hearing with you.
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