Domestic Violence is a prevalent form of abuse that occurs within families. It includes a pattern of controlling behaviors- violence or threats of violence- that one person uses to establish power over an intimate partner to control that partner’s actions or activities. It is abusive, disrespectful, and hurtful behaviors that one partner is chosen to use against the other partner.
Hurting you physically
Using children against you
Calling you names or hurting you emotionally
Harming your pets
Acting with jealousy and possessiveness
Isolating you from friends and family
Threatening to kill you or commit suicide
Controlling your money
Withholding medical help
Demanding sex or sexual practices
Hiding assistive devices
Minimizing destructive behavior
5.3 million cases of domestic violence occur each year in the United States.
10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
Every day more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands in the United States.
One-quarter to one-half of women around the world have suffered violence from an intimate partner. UNICEF, The Progress of Nations, 1997
Women age 35-49 were the most vulnerable to intimate partner murder. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001
In Florida, there were 107,666 acts of domestic violence reported to law enforcement in 2015.
Child Abuse and Neglect
“Abandoned” or “abandonment” means a situation in which the parent or legal custodian of a child or, in the absence of a parent or legal custodian, the caregiver, while being able, makes no provision for the child’s support and has failed to establish or maintain a substantial and positive relationship with the child. For purposes of this subsection, “establish or maintain a substantial and positive relationship” includes, but is not limited to, frequent and regular contact with the child through frequent and regular visitation or frequent and regular communication to or with the child, and the exercise of parental rights and responsibilities. Marginal efforts and incidental or token visits or communications are insufficient to establish or maintain a substantial and positive relationship with a child.
“Abuse” means any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired. Abuse of a child includes acts or omissions. Corporal discipline of a child by a parent or legal custodian for disciplinary purposes does not in itself constitute abuse when it does not result in harm to the child.
“Harm” to a child’s welfare. This can be an emotional, physical, or mental injury.
Excessively harsh discipline.
Commits or allows sexual battery against a child.
Allows or encourages the child to be sexually exploited
Abandons the child
Neglects the child
Exposes the child to controlled substance or alcohol
It gives the child drugs or mind-altering substances that aren’t prescribed to them
Inappropriate discipline that results in welts, bumps, bruises, etc.
False Reporting of abuse/child abuse
False reporting involves making a false claim to the central abuse hotline that someone commits child/abuse or domestic violence. This is out of pure maliciousness to harass, embarrass, or soil someone’s name.
How to Report Child Abuse
Describe the situation clearly and include all of the information you know (names, addresses, date of birth, etc.)
Share any knowledge of previous incidents, including nature and extent.
include all reactions of the child
Be sure to communicate any sense of urgency that you observe
You must include your name. Your name will serve as proof that you completed your legal obligation to report child abuse. We are all mandatory reporters!
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