Domestic Violence in Miami-Dade County, Florida
Most people think of domestic violence as physical abuse from a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. However, the actual definition of domestic violence is more broad than that.
The following definition of domestic violence, from the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney official web page on domestic violence, shows the types of behaviors that may constitute domestic violence, which may or may not include physical violence: “…a pattern of controlling behavior by one person who has or has had a personal, intimate or family relationship with another person. Domestic Violence may include making threats to you, slapping, choking or pushing, holding you down, kicking, forcing or pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to, or any other types of unwanted behavior.”
Accusations of domestic violence may lead to criminal charges.
In certain instances, divorcing couples or persons who have a relationship because they have a child, think they may obtain some advantage in a family case if accusations of domestic violence are made. In fact, making false allegations of domestic violence to try to get an advantage in these cases may actually harm the case of the person making the accusations. It also takes away limited resources available for true victims of domestic violence.
Getting Protection if You are a Victim of Domestic Violence in Florida
If you are a victim of domestic violence you can get immediate help at any of the following places:
- Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 N.W. 1st Avenue, Mezzanine Floor, Miami
- North Dade Government Center
15555 Biscayne Boulevard, Room 103, Miami
- South Dade Government Center
10710 S.W. 211 Street, Room 1306, Cutler Ridge
Defending Against Allegations of Domestic Violence in Florida
If you have been accused of acts of domestic violence in a civil matter you will be served with a temporary injunction against domestic violence. You should read it carefully to make sure you comply with the terms of the injunction. You should also consult an attorney as soon as possible before the date of the hearing. To contact us, please call 305-710-9419.
If your case includes criminal charges, you should seek the assistance of a criminal attorney. While we do not provide assistance in criminal cases of this type, we can refer you to a criminal attorney to assist you in Miami-Dade County, Florida. (We obviously do not charge for referring you nor do we receive a referral fee from any attorney).
For more information from the State Attorney’s Office, please click on the link above
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