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?
You are your partner had a fight, and the neighbors called police when yelling and other sounds coming from your home concerned them. When the police arrived, your partner accused you of domestic violence, and now you must navigate the legal system – potentially for the first time.
Domestic violence is against the law in Florida, and there are many laws in place to protect those who may be victims of abuse. Domestic violence is defined as violence committed against household or family members, not just those you're related to. Florida's laws also include individuals who used to cohabitate and those who do cohabitate in the domestic violence laws.
You know that you want to find an attorney for your domestic violence charges. The charges are largely false, but with an alleged victim rallying against you, you know you need as much help as you can get.
Domestic violence has a serious effect on children. Even more serious is the effect an unwarranted accusation of domestic violence could have on your life and your children. Imagine them being told that you've done horrible things to their other parent or that they themselves have been victimized without knowing it. Children are impressionable, and accusations could threaten your relationship with yours.