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FAQs

Question:

What is Domestic Violence?

Answer:

Under the provisions of Florida Statute 741.28 , domestic violence means any assault, 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 who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Physical Abuse: pushing, slapping, kicking, punching, choking and beating;
  • Emotional/Verbal Abuse: threats, verbal intimidation, following and stalking or acting out in anger;
  • Sexual Abuse: any unwanted touching or forcing of someone to engage in a sexual act against his or her will.