Domestic Violence is a pattern of aggressive and coercive behaviors that one partner in a relationship uses to gain power or control over the other. This type of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological. The behaviors exhibited in domestic violence cases are intended to intimidate, manipulate, threaten, isolate, frighten, coerce or injure someone. They typically occur in the home, between the two people involved in an intimate relationship.
Florida Domestic Violence Statistics
In 2013, 108,030 domestic violence offenses were reported in Florida and 65,645 domestic violence arrests were made, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Of the reported cases, 6,567 offenses occurred in Pinellas County, along with 6,758 in Hillsborough County, 9,953 in Miami-Dade County and 4,953 in Polk County.
The offenses make up a variety of crimes, some more serious than others, but all offenses are criminal. The categories include murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, forcible fondling, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, simple assault and threat/intimidation stalking. The offense most commonly reported in Pinellas County was simple assault, at 5,414 offenses in 2013. This is followed by 957 reported cases of aggravated battery and 52 reported cases of forcible rape
Facts About Domestic Violence
– About one out of every three women will experience abuse at some point in her life.
– About 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence.
– Of all the domestic violence homicides, about 75 percent of the victims were killed while attempting to leave the relationship or after the relationship had ended.
– Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and may involve intimate partners who are married, living together or dating.
– Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, ages, genders and education levels.
– The victims of abuse are not the only ones affected by domestic violence. It can also have a detrimental effect on family members and friends.
– Exposure to violence in the home predisposes children to social and physical problems and teaches them that domestic violence is normal. This increases their risk of becoming abusive toward others in the future.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a case of domestic violence and need legal representation, call Khonsari Law Group today. After determining whether you have a case, we will begin collecting evidence to support you in your fight. Contact us today.