If there's one central message that Mary Riedel, the CEO of a prominent shelter and advocacy program in Broward County, imparts to her audience in a recent interview, it is this: "Domestic violence has no one face."
Nearly eight weeks after he attacked his wife in a judge's private chambers in a Fort Lauderdale courthouse, a man faced another Broward County judge in a criminal hearing last week. The man has been charged with felony battery for the sudden outbreak of domestic violence that broke his spouse's nose and jaw, blackened both of her eyes and gave her a concussion.
Two separate instances in Coral Springs and Miami Beach, respectively, occurred last week in which mothers sought to harm their children. In one of them, a mother instructed her two young children to unbuckle their seat belts and then intentionally rammed her car into the garage door of a home. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in that accident.
Statistics can be interpreted a number of ways, with persons on opposite sides of an argument or position often using the same numbers to support their view.
The nation's Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") division lauds a federal program that its officials say brings about the deportation of many thousands of dangerous criminals each year.
In our immediately preceding blog post, we discussed the sometimes complex interplay between acts of domestic violence and other family law matters. Physical violence and other types of abusive behaviors, for example, can often have a strong bearing on how child custody and visitation arrangements will ultimately be settled.
When allegations of abuse surface during a divorce proceeding, those allegations can play a role in the outcome of custody or visitation agreements. Accusations of domestic violence can make the situation more complex.
A deal between Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady and Gov. Rick Scott means the state's court systems will stay open through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
The tug of war over two-year-old "Baby Vanessa" continues to receive national attention. The case began when the then-infant was moved from Ohio by the birth mother so that the girl could be adopted by a woman in California.