Protection Against Domestic Violence
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Each day, three women are killed in America by boyfriends or husbands. Men, children, elders and pets also become victims of domestic violence. Last year in southern Florida, more than 38,000 cases of domestic violence were reported.
Florida law describes domestic violence as any physically abusive behavior committed by a household member that results in injury or death. Here are some signs of an abusive relationship that may result in domestic violence:
- You are afraid of your partner's temper
- You are overly concerned about what kind of mood your partner is in
- Your partner prevents you from seeing your friends or family, or alienates them so that they are uncomfortable being around him
- Your partner threatens to hurt or kill you, your children, your family, friends or pets
- Your partner yells at you, reprimands you, or demeans you in public
- Your partner hits, slaps, pushes or shoves you, pulls your hair, or inflicts physical injury on you in any way
- Your partner prevents you from getting or keeping a job
- Your partner keeps you from leaving the house or locks you out of the house.
There's no reason to accept or tolerate this behavior from a spouse or domestic partner. If you need help, here's what you can do:
- Contact BSO's Special Victims & Family Crimes Section at (954) 321-4200 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. After hours, contact First Call for Help by dialing 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211 (available 24 hours).
- Leave your home or have someone stay with you. Go to a battered-women's shelter. Call Women in Distress at (954) 761-1133 (24-hour hotline) for emergency assistance or ongoing needs.
- Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.
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