There's no question that domestic violence is a real problem, with real victims. Those victims deserve a great deal of empathy and assistance.
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and no one deserves to be a victim.
Divorce isn't easy, no matter what the circumstances.
No one should deny that domestic abuse is a significant problem here in Florida, as it is in the rest of the United States. Approximately 3 million cases of domestic abuse are reported annually -- but that is just the tip of the iceberg, as countless more incidents are never reported.
Modern homes are increasingly wired for control through smartphone apps and voice-controlled systems like Siri and Alexa. Lights, television sets, air conditioners, thermostats, security systems and even the locks on the door are all possibly connected.
Physical abuse is only part of the complex formula of domestic violence. Domestic abusers are largely concerned with maintaining control over their victims -- and they may not stop trying to hold onto that control from jail.
Hurricane Michael left parts of Florida devastated in its wake, with homes swept away, power lines knocked out and whole neighborhoods gone when it struck in mid-October.
Imagine there's a woman who receives an award from an organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence and abuse. The woman came to the center with her tale of domestic violence, survived and thrived, and moved on to help others in a situation similar to the one she said she once suffered through. The organization shares her award on its social media page, issues a press release and includes her story in their newsletter.
The mayor of Port Richey, Florida, said that if he's prosecuted for domestic battery, he will fight the charges.
Some domestic violence shelters in Florida have reported a rise in parents and children seeking refuge this summer – so much so that they are overflowing – but what is the cause?