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Florida sheriff's deputy witnesses domestic violence

Violence often seems like a foreign concept because it is happening to other people, or at least outside the home or office. It is difficult to see -- or report -- when physical, verbal or emotional violence has entered the home and is affecting someone close to the perpetrator.

Friends and family are often instrumental in rooting out domestic violence by a spouse, partner or parent. They are able to see interactions that are not apparent to the outside world, and can connect patterns related to the sudden appearance of unexplained injuries.

In some cases, however, a pattern of domestic violence can be made apparent directly to law enforcement. An Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy responded to a possible domestic violence call to see a suspect pinning his girlfriend down with a fist raised as if to punch her.

The victim had her arms raised in a defensive posture. The 47-year-old suspect told the deputy that the pair had been arguing about her jealousy at talking to other women. She reported the dispute began because she confronted him about spending less time at their home.

The suspect denied hitting the possible victim, who stated he had pinned her against the refrigerator and hit her multiple times. The man was charged with simple assault, battery and false imprisonment of an adult.

Victims of domestic violence have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses directly related to an assault, as well as court-mandated protective orders and financial damages for pain and suffering. Legal representation is often the first step in overcoming domestic violence and its consequences.

Source: NWF Daily News, "Deputy walks in on domestic violence incident," Aug. 16, 2017

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