By: Marilyn Blumberg, Marilyn Blumberg, P.A.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hot Line Center, Domestic Violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Domestic Violence is not only for married people.
Although Domestic Violence can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating Domestic Violence means any assault, battery, sexual assault, stalking, kidnaping, false imprisonment or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. More clearly definitely family or household members includes; spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are currently residing together as if a family or have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. (With the exceptions of persons who have a child in common, a family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.)

Abuse can take many forms
including: physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person. Generally the most noticeable, physical abuse is if the abuser has damaged property when angry, pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or chocked, abandon you in a dangerous place, used a weapon to threaten or hurt, forced you to leave your home, preventing you from calling police or seeking medical attention, using physical force against your will in sexual situations, prevents you from working or attending school, threatens to kill you or your children or family members. Psychological actions and threats of action are also considered abuse. Emotional abuse an an example would include name calling; insults; isolation from family or friends; monitoring you at all times; or threats to hurt you, your children, your family or your pets.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime
  • 40% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18
  • 80% are under the age of 30
  • Two-thirds of assault are by someone whom the victim knows
  • 48% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance of the victim
  • Despite nearly 1 in 4 women will experience sexual assault in their life time, only 46 out of 100 sexual assault’s are reported to the police. Out of those 46 reports, only 12 will lead to an arrest, and out of those 12 arrests only 9 attackers will be prosecuted.
  • Fortunately according to the US Department of Justice, the instances of sexual assault have decreased 60% since 2000, but they are still  extremely high so please take a moment to spread awareness of this critical issue.

If you or someone you care about needs help they can call the National Domestic Violence Hot Line at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or contact the local Domestic Violence in Florida 1-800-500-1119. Locally, you can call the Police Department Switchboard of Miami at 305-358-4357 or Safespace at 305-758-2546. Assistance can also be sought at the downtown Family Court House, located at 175 NW 1st Ave, Miami, Fl 33128 or the South Dade Justice Center, 10710 SW 211 St., Miami, FL 3189; where an Injunction of Domestic Violence can be filed.

For any specific questions, contact:

Marilyn Blumberg,P.A.
100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida 33131

Specializing in Family Law, Certified Family Meditator, Founding member of Collaborative Law, Guardian, Master of Social Work Degree, over 20 years experience. Past President of Concerned Family Lawyers of Dade County.

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