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Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another threat rising in households. With so many families under an unprecedented amount of tension and stress, domestic violence is on the rise and, unfortunately, safer-at-home is not a reality for some. These incidents of domestic violence generally occur in situations where violence was already present. However, with victims and their abusers having to inhabit the same space for months on end, it can aggravate the situation, leading to an uptick in abuse and violence.

What Should I Do?

Amid this crisis, many domestic violence shelters are quickly filling up and, moreover, there is the additional challenge of needing to maintain the health of every survivor seeking shelter. If you are in an abusive situation, you can contact the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119, which will direct you to the nearest shelter. There is also the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE, which is open 24 hours a day.

Additionally, despite court closures, cases involving domestic abuse, such as a petition for a protective order, may be heard.

In Florida, you can receive a protective order if a member of your family or household commits any of the following acts of violence against another family member or household member:

  • Sexual assault, assault, or aggravated assault
  • Battery, sexual battery, or aggravated battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking or aggravated stalking
  • False imprisonment
  • Other criminal offenses that may cause injury or death

In Florida, domestic violence protective orders are designed to protect victims against individuals who have a certain relationship with their abuser.

Victims may be:

  • A former or current spouse
  • An individual who is related by blood or marriage
  • A current or former co-habitant
  • The child’s other parent

Upon filing for a protective order, you will receive a temporary protective order until a judge hears your case and renders a decision. Such cases are generally considered emergencies and, under our current circumstances, you can still seek the protection you need to get out of this terrible situation.

Reach Out to Our Compassionate Legal Team for the Assistance You Need!

This is not a situation any of us ever expected to find ourselves in, but despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting, you can still rely on the team at The Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura for the skilled legal guidance you need. Our team has been providing exceptional legal representation for over two decades and will help ensure you receive the protections you need to get through this difficult and challenging experience.

Due to COVID-19, we will conduct all of our consultations via email or phone. You can reach our law office at (954) 280-6119 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Do not hesitate to secure the compassionate help you need.