– Domestic Violence –
Our Family Law Attorneys are committed to resolve your Domestic Violence related legal matters
Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of socioeconomic background, gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or education level. Not only does domestic violence affects those who are abused, but it also has significant consequences for family members (especially children), friends, co-workers and the community at large. Children who are frequently exposed to violent behavior in the home may well develop social and physical problems and are at risk of becoming society’s next generation of abusers or victims.
The Eric Boles Law Firm in Tampa, Florida is well versed in the complexities of domestic violence law that are far more expansive than abuse between a man and a woman and which covers same-sex relationships, intimate partners living together or just dating.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence (also domestic abuse, spousal abuse, intimate partner violence, battering, or family violence) is a pattern of abusive behavior by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence is normally used by one partner to gain or retain power and control over the other. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual and same-sex family relationships, and can involve violence against children in the family or, in some U.S. states, violence against a roommate.
Domestic violence can be verbal, economic, physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence occurs when the abuser believes that abuse is acceptable, justified, or unlikely to be reported. It may produce intergenerational cycles of abuse in children and other family members, who may feel that such violence is acceptable or condoned.
Victims of domestic violence may be trapped in domestic violent situations through isolation, power and control, cultural acceptance, lack of financial resources, fear, shame, or to protect children. As a result of abuse, victims may experience psychological problems, mental illness, chronic health problems, physical disabilities, limited finances, and poor ability to create healthy relationships. Recurring instances of domestic abuse should be reported to authorities immediately.
Consequences of Domestic Violence
The assistance of a Domestic Violence Attorney at The Eric Boles Law Firm is suggested to help the victim or offender deal with the legal issues that may result after a domestic abuse incident, including:
- Criminal charges against the offender including assault, battery, sexual assault, and rape.
- Restraining orders issue by a judge that requires the defendant to stay a certain distance from the victim, and can prohibit communication with the victim.
- Loss of custodial and visitation rights to the best interest of the child and the defendant and may be prohibited from visiting the child.
- Payment of monetary damages by the defendant to cover the financial losses (such as hospital bills or pain and suffering).
- Attending of counseling or rehabilitation sessions/courses by the abuser, victim and/or witnesses.
- Loss of various rights such the right to a driver’s license or owning a firearm.
Contact a Florida Family Lawyer experienced in Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is an extremely serious issue with legal consequences to offender and victims. You may wish to seek the counsel of The Eric Boles Law Firm in Tampa, Florida if you are involved with or have been exposed to domestic violence. For a complimentary consultation with Domestic Violence Attorney at the Eric Boles Law Firm that can help you to resolve your abuse case with the discretion and sensitivity, complete the contact form (click here) or do not hesitate to call (813) 933-7700. Legal advice can make an enormous difference throughout domestic violence proceedings and the outcome of you case.