If you are the victim of an abusive relationship, then finally making the decision to leave can be complicated by many factors. As is often the case, your abuser may have isolated you from your friends and family. Your abuser may also control your finances. You may even have been verbally abused to the point where you now lack confidence and self-esteem.
When Floridians consider domestic violence, they may not immediately think of a college campus setting. But college students are as susceptible to domestic violence issues as anyone else, and may be more at risk for some specific behavior, such as stalking. The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act will begin requiring reports about domestic violence situations on campus from universities that accept federal funding, but the University of Florida got a head start by issuing reports for 2013.
In some cases, domestic violence allegations are intertwined with other family law issues. Regardless of the surrounding issues, domestic violence accusations and charges are serious for both parties involved. Understanding the legalities of the charges can help individuals on either side decide on the best possible course of action.
Past research into couples' relationships has shown that substance abuse issues often increase the risk of domestic violence in the home. However, fresh-off-the-presses research shows that marijuana bucks this trend; couples who light up tend to actually experience lower rates of domestic violence. The study, which used mail-in surveys over a nine-year span, determined that marijuana use was a determining factor in lowering rates of intimate partner violence.
Domestic violence statutes are difficult to navigate, not only for the potential victim, but sometimes also for the person accused of perpetrating the violence. Understanding the provisions in a Florida restraining order or other protective arrangement can be a challenge. However, for those who have been victimized by a domestic offender, these protection orders can provide an important legal barrier -- not to mention a document that carries weight in family court.
"People will do what you allow them to do."
When you think of the homeless population in Florida, would you imagine that many of these people have been victims of domestic abuse? The fact is that domestic violence victims often lose their access to stable housing options because they are worried about their own health and welfare. When a protective order simply is not enough, victims must often flee their residences in order to ensure their own physical safety.
A recent assault on a woman in a gas station, allegedly by the father of her son, has ramped up attention surrounding domestic violence issues in South Florida. The woman was set on fire by a man who was later charged with attempted first-degree murder.
A Colorado woman received an order of protection against her estranged husband in 1999. She thereafter sought to have it enforced repeatedly, telling the Castle Rock police department that she feared for the safety of her three daughters.