Domestic violence is an incident or behavior pattern involving violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting or relationship. Domestic violence can also be described as any bodily injury, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, emotional abuse, threats, personal property damage, or the disturbance of another person’s peace. According to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), Florida ranks high on the list of states with domestic violence incidences reported to local police. In 2016, over 105,000 domestic violence crimes were reported to law enforcement, resulting in over 60,000 arrests. State certified domestic violence shelters provided over 600,000 nights of emergency shelter to over 16,000 victims and their children. It is estimated that over 50% of all domestic abuse crimes are not reported.
Additionally, 15% of all violent crimes and 72% of all murder-suicides involve a domestic partner. Of these crimes, 94% are perpetrated against women. It is very important to act quickly and decisively when any act of domestic violence has occurred, regardless of gender. Michael Atter, David Wolf, Jennifer Eringer and Julia Hodges are very experienced in family matters that involve domestic violence. The most common legal remedy is a domestic violence restraining. This restraining order commands the named party not to approach, contact, or communicate with you at home, work, or in your vehicle.Domestic Violence Profiles
Victims of domestic violence are from all walks of life, regardless of race, age, economic status, community, or lifestyle. Anyone can fall victim to a domestic violent crime. Physical and sexual assaults are the most common forms of domestic violence. Victims often times feel helpless, depressed, embarrassed, guilty, withdrawn, and in some cases, suicidal.
Abusers, on the other hand, often struggle with self-esteem, jealousy, possessiveness, and feelings of inadequacy. Abusers identify their victims as a possession or property to do with what they choose. They feel they have a right to exert extreme pressure or even physical violence on their partner. This pattern of behavior is both unpredictable and extremely dangerous.
If you are in an abusive relationship, we suggest you seek the help of a licensed mental health counsellor. If you are the victim of an illegal domestic violent action, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-787-7233, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call is anonymous and confidential. In addition, here’s a list of several Northeast Florida Domestic Violence shelters.Florida’s Certified Domestic Violence Centers
- Hubbard House Jacksonville (904) 354-0076
- Quigley House Clay County (904) 284-0061
- Safety Center of St. Johns County Saint Augustine (904) 808-8544
- Micah’s Place Fernandina Beach (904) 491-6364
- Lee Conlee House Palatka (386) 325-4447
- Another Way Lake City (866) 875-7983
At Wood, Atter and Wolf, we understand the pain you are going through and the damage that can be caused by an abusive spouse or partner. We also understand why so many victims of domestic violence stay in an abusive relationship. Many times, the victim fears for their life if they threaten to leave or divorce their partner. Our clients, who seek legal advice or legal remedies to these complex domestic problems, believe the abusive partner’s actions will get more violent.
We understand that quick legal action is required to protect the abused partner and their children. A restraining order may command the named party not to approach you, your home, work, or vehicle, and it may prohibit any efforts to contact or communicate with you. Violating such a restraining order can carry court-imposed penalties. Time is of the essence when seeking a domestic violence restraining order. The involvement of the court provides documentation and a venue to resolve legal disputes. It can also investigate any un-reported crimes of domestic violence that might have been committed. If separation or divorce is the only alternative, we have over 50 years of experience in all Jacksonville family law matters. Most victims of domestic violence have the same concerns as someone seeking a divorce, but their fears and anxieties are elevated due to the unpredictable behavior of their spouse. Our number one concern is for your safety. We can advise you on your best legal course of action, and we are available when you need us the most. In all domestic violence matters, our lawyers will work to resolve these very personal and painful legal matters as efficiently and delicately as possible.
Our firm represents clients located in and around the Northeast Florida area, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, or in the areas around Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, and Clay counties in matters concerning domestic violence.
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