Law Office of Martha-Irene Weed

Board Certified in Marital and Family Law

1003 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, Florida 33606
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Domestic Violence


According to Florida Statute 741.28, domestic violence is defined as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member”. All of the crimes listed in the definition are serious, but it’s even more serious when these activities occur between members of a family that have the responsibility to protect one another.


Amazingly, domestic violence is quite common, but it is thought to be a widely under-reported crime, especially assault against men. The victimized spouse/partner may feel it is their duty to not “air the dirty laundry” or maybe they are too scared to make a report. In either case, if unreported, the violence can, and often does, escalate.



Statistics


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:


According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence:


According to The Guardian/Observer: