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Domestic Violence: What You Should Know about Florida Jurisdictions and More

Domestic violence is a terrifying and potentially life-threatening experience for victims, and no matter the circumstances, help should always be sought immediately. Call 9-1-1, the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119, or your local domestic violence center if you feel unsafe or threatened in any way.

Each year more than 100,000 domestic violence crimes are reported to Florida law enforcement agencies, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families, and many more are not reported. If you need legal protection against domestic violence, contact us right away at the Vasquez de Lara Law Group.

What to Know about Florida Jurisdictions and Domestic Violence

Per Florida Statute 741.28, domestic violence is 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.

If you are the victim of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe you are in imminent domestic violence danger, one legal path to pursue is to file a civil injunction, also known as a restraining order. An injunction is a court order prohibiting a person from engaging in threatening behavior.

In cases of domestic violence, Florida does not have jurisdiction requirements, which means that you can file for an injunction in Florida even if your abuser is out-of-state. A Florida family law attorney will guide you through your rights and options based on your specific situation.

Domestic violence should never be taken lightly, and there are laws to protect you and your family’s safety. Contact us at 305-596-9951 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss your situation and ensure that you get the help and representation you need.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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