Paul H. Bowen, P.A. has served as the lawyer representing both sides of this issue. There are legitimate victims of domestic violence who need to protect themselves and their children with a domestic violence injunction. There are also those who are wrongly accused in connection with a pending divorce or custody dispute. If you are looking for legal counsel involving a domestic violence situation, call the Law Office of Paul H. Bowen today to learn more about the possible outcomes for your case.
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Florida is known for its oranges, beautiful beaches, and for its hard-working state legislature. The state legislature approves bills and other laws that have an impact on your personal lives, even your relationships. This includes whether you’re married, dating, or have an overeager stalker that can be difficult and intimidating to deal with yourself. This is especially the case when there may be violence or other abuse that occurs between you and your partner. Whether you live in Palm Harbor, Pinellas County or anywhere else in the state, there are certain laws and protections that you can utilize. It’s important to understand how the state of Florida views domestic violence, what a domestic violence injunction entails, and the unique protections that the state of Florida can provide.
What is Domestic Violence?
Whether you are thinking of coming forward about domestic violence, been accused of domestic violence, or have potentially witnessed domestic violence, it is important to understand what it is. The legal definition of domestic violence provided by the United States Department of Justice is when there is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one individual to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence abuse can appear in many different ways such as physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, threatening, stalking, and even cyberstalking.
What is a Domestic Violence Injunction?
A domestic violence injunction may be a new term that you haven’t heard before, and it is similar in some ways to another legal term that you are probably familiar with. It is similar to a restraining order. A domestic violence injunction can prevent one individual from seeing, talking to, or performing some other action against another individual. A domestic violence injunction also hopes to prevent the abuser from abusing and protect the victim. If the abuser violates their domestic violence injunction, it could result in serious jail time.
What is the State of Florida’s Role in Domestic Violence?
Whether you live in Palm Harbor, Pinellas County or another county in Florida, the state plays a role in a domestic violence injunction. The Florida state legislature has passed legislation that specifies everything from what qualifies as domestic violence to who can apply for protection. For example, the Florida law specifically protects individuals that are abused even if they’re not married and are just dating. This specific protection is called a dating violence injunction.