Allegations of domestic violence are certainly more pronounced and centrally featured in news accounts when they involve a public figure well known to many.
New health care reform provisions that became operative just this week in Florida now provide for no-cost screening by doctors of patients for symptoms of domestic violence.
Many people have posited over a long period that domestic violence incidents tend to increase during times of economic difficulties, given the obvious stresses that can attach to families suffering from loss of employment and an inability to meet basic housing, health, food and other needs.
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.
Although lauding the statistics showing that Florida has an overall crime rate presently that is the lowest in many decades, Gov. Rick Scott recently voiced the need for additional protections to benefit would-be and actual victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
Marissa Alexander is a slender woman who stands just slightly over five feet tall. Her husband, conversely, is a 245-pound man. In a 2010 incident, Alexander fired a handgun into a kitchen wall in the couple's home, which she stated was a "warning shot" to make her husband back away from her. Alexander said that he was moving toward her in a threatening manner.
Police departments in virtually every locale across the country -- Miami and Florida in general not excepted -- are reporting that acts of domestic violence were up last year from episodes reported in 2010.
In an article written recently by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Kerry makes this observation concerning what he calls the "awful truth" about the United States: Among all the industrialized nations on earth, the country ranks highest in deaths relating to child abuse.
One South Florida nonprofit organization with a stated mission to protect women from domestic violence and to help them create a new future that is free from incidents of domestic abuse is currently celebrating the changed circumstances of its 100th "survivor."
A South Florida judge grabbed center stage recently when, in adjudicating a domestic violence incident between a Plantation couple, he ordered the husband to take his wife out on a date to Red Lobster.