Domestic Violence Can Have Devastating Consequences

- Gary E. Williams

No matter what form it may take—physical, emotional or financial—or even all three, domestic violence continues to be a significant problem in Florida and across the U.S. Every year, too many women and children suffer injuries at the hands of an abusive spouse or partner. Some even die.

Florida state law defines domestic violence as “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.”

In 1977, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) was founded with a mission “to work towards ending violence through public awareness, policy development, and support for Florida’s domestic violence centers.” According to the Coalition, you may be experiencing domestic violence if your partner is doing things such as:

  • Hurting you physically
  • Turning your children against you
  • Causing emotional stress by subjecting you to name calling
  • Keeping you from seeing or contacting family and friends
  • Threatening to commit suicide or to kill you
  • Controlling your finances
  • Preventing you from getting medical help

Though your abuser would have you think you’re to blame, you’re not. Don’t wait to be harmed to take action. If you are experiencing this kind of abusive behavior, contact your local certified domestic violence center for safety assistance and reach out to a family law firm. The attorney can help you resolve the situation in the short term, such as obtaining a Temporary Injunction for Protection from Domestic Violence, or possibly an Emergency Temporary Injunction. He or she can also help you develop a long-term plan to protect you and your family from any future abuse. Contact us at (727) 531-8737.