It has often been postulated in films and writings that at one time domestic violence against women was not a serious matter. We see it in movies representing a different time in the world, we read about it in novels and we see evidence in the writings of authorities on the subject. Once, domestic violence, particularly against women, was accepted as a "natural expression of male dominance." Fortunately, humans have evolved into a more aware species with most of us understanding and agreeing that violence is never acceptable.
Domestic violence can take many forms, each of them causing life-changing damage to the victim. Some abusive behaviors result in physical damage, which is bad enough on its own. However, other forms of abuse cause even more insidious damage to victims by altering how they view themselves. Typically, this results in low self-esteem, chronic anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
Many people may think that a severe physical assault has to occur for an incident to be considered domestic violence. While it is true that these types of situations occur, there are other behaviors and actions that can also fall under Florida's domestic violence laws. Understanding how domestic violence is defined and dealt with in the state of Florida is an important first step for both victims and those who stand accused.
If you've been victimized by domestic violence in Florida and you're trying to move forward with your life, these tips can help. They all relate to finances, which can be rather problematic when breaking off a relationship.
Domestic violence situations can be very complicated, in part because they often involve two people who had, at least for a time, a very close relationship. One reason that a person may deny that he or she is being abused, even if the evidence is very clear, is that he or she may still have strong feelings for the abuser.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Victims come from many different backgrounds and life circumstances, and domestic violence does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. While for those on the outside, it may seem like a black and white situation where you just cut off all contact with the aggressor, in cases of divorce, it's not always this easy.
Domestic violence can often be a sensitive subject, as even those who are being abused may not want to speak up, or they may feel uncomfortable talking about it. As such, experts in Florida and across the United States have different tactics for asking questions about it.
Domestic violence is a scary yet all too common situation, and it can be difficult to understand how to begin to find a way out when you are in the midst of an abusive or violent relationship. One of the primary methods of protection victims have is the restraining order. Whether you are not married to the other party or are experiencing an escalation in threatening behavior due to a divorce or custody issue, we can help you understand if a restraining order is a possibility for you.
Domestic violence occurs in homes across the country, but there are many victims who are scared to come forward or make a police report. One possible factor in this is not knowing what will happen if the victim calls the police. It's normal to wonder if the police officer will believe you, side with the abuser or possibly arrest both of you. The Florida Family Code has information on what to expect from an officer who responds to a domestic violence incident.
Domestic violence is never a simple matter. Just like the relationships and people they involve, each domestic violence situation is unique and must be treated accordingly. At Pacheco Perez, we understand how challenging these situations are and work with you to help you understand what to expect from the courts and how to begin moving forward.