According to Florida Statute 741.28, “domestic violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, 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 family or household member.
“Family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who 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.
Domestic violence is a learned behavior… it is usually learned in the home. Domestic violence is about power and control.
Domestic violence frequently causes harm or threatened harm to children who witness the violence or live in homes where domestic violence is occurring. Florida Statute 39 includes in the definition of “harm” situations when any person:
- Engages in violent behavior that demonstrates a wanton disregard for the presence of a child and could reasonably result in serious injury to the child
- Negligently fails to protect a child in his or her care from inflicted physical, mental, or sexual injury caused by the acts of another.
Situations in which children are direct witnesses of domestic violence, or reside in a home where domestic violence is occurring, fall under mandatory reporting to the Florida abuse hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE.