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Domestic violence affects many Florida families

For many, it is a shameful thing that must be hidden at all costs. For others, the need to address and resolve these issues overcomes the urge for secrecy. In all cases, domestic violence is tragic, affecting every member of a family, even the abuser.

Many of our Sarasota, Florida, family law clients ask us what defines domestic violence. To us, this often sends up a red flag. If a person is questioning our lawyers about the definition of domestic violence, it is sometimes safe to assume they may be a victim. We hope that this blog post will shed some light on Florida's definition of domestic violence so that people can move on to finding a safe solution.

Under Florida law, the following acts are examples of domestic violence. You should also know that this list is not all-inclusive.

  • Assault and/or battery
  • Aggravated assault and/or battery
  • Sexual assault and battery
  • Stalking and/or aggravated stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • Threat of physical harm

Another crucial point victims should understand is that you do not have to be married to be a victim of domestic violence. Florida laws extend to victims in a dating relationship and in a cohabitation situation. Further, anyone can be a victim including spouses, children, parents, grandparents, etc.

Now that you have a good idea of what constitutes domestic violence, we want you to know what you can do to make yourself and your loved ones safe. Your first level of protection is to seek a restraining order, preferably with help from a lawyer who can inform you about legal methods of keeping yourself and your children safe. Find more information on family law in Florida by visiting our website.

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