What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined under the Florida Statutes §741.28 as the assault or battery of any family or household member.

The following may result in domestic violence:

The law does not define who is included in the scope of household or family member. For this reason, it is important to understand who could bring charges against you in a domestic violence case. A case could involve a current or former spouse, relatives by blood and law, a current or former roommate, a parent of a child or children. When boiled down to its simplest terms, domestic violence is defined as abuse that occurs within an intimate relationship or within a family setting, including spousal abuse and child abuse.

Although many associate physical abuse with domestic violence, it can be:

  • Verbal Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Mental Abuse
  • Financial Abuse

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