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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was first declared in 1989 and, since its inception, it has become a time to acknowledge the survivors of domestic violence and give victims a voice. Domestic violence is part of every community, impacting individuals from all walks of life, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation, and the consequences can be potentially devastating.

Observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Many are often unaware if they are in an abusive relationship. An abusive partner may gaslight them or make them feel like the problems they are experiencing are solely their fault.

Here are some signs that indicate you are in an abusive relationship:

  • Your partner is physically abusive and has strangled you, beat you, or hit you in the past.
  • Your partner is extremely possessive and constantly checks up on you and gets angry with you if you do not do as they say.
  • Your partner is excessively jealous and frequently accuses you of being unfaithful. A jealous partner may also try to isolate you from your friends and family.
  • Your partner degrades you and negatively comments on your capabilities, appearance, mental health, or intelligence.
  • Your partner has threatened you or your family.
  • Your partner sexually and physically abuses you.

A partner is still abusive even if the abuse is infrequent. If you have ever been hit, pushed, or forced to have sex with your partner, you are in an abusive relationship.

Protecting Yourself and Your Children

In Florida, if domestic violence occurs in front of your children, it may necessary to obtain a restraining order, or protective order, not only for yourself, but on behalf of your children as well. Domestic violence is defined as any battery or aggravated battery, assault or aggravated assault, sexual battery, sexual assault, kidnapping, stalking or aggravated stalking, false imprisonment, or other criminal offenses that result in the physical injury or death of a household member or family member by another household member or family member.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Compassionate Family Law Attorney Today!

If you are a victim of domestic violence, the experienced legal team at The Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura can provide the strong legal support you need to protect yourself and your family. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, you can feel confident in our ability to help you.

Reach out to our law office today at (954) 280-6119 to schedule a free initial consultation with our family law attorney to find out more about how we can help you.