October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1987, advocates for victims of domestic violence have observed this month as a time to mourn those who have perished as a result of this type of violence, to celebrate the survivors, and to connect those workers who seek to end it. In 1989, Congress passed the initial Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation; it has been renewed every year since.
National attention has been focused on this issue recently after the spate of cases involving NFL players charged with spousal or child abuse. This year, TMZ posted two videos of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino elevator and then dragging her out of the elevator. The two videos created a firestorm of public sentiment against Rice, who has been suspended from the NFL indefinitely. On September 24, 2012, Adrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for child abuse charges after spanking his four-year-old boy with a branch. He is set to go to trial in December.
Florida Clerks of Court Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The good news in the midst of this bad news is that the public is truly becoming more aware of this issue, and forces who seek to assist victims of domestic violence are rallying together. In Florida, the Clerks of Court have joined together to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help citizens become more knowledgeable about how the clerks can help. The clerks are familiar with the process of filing reports on behalf of victims of domestic violence. They are in touch with law enforcement and with community advocates and shelters that can help counsel victims and provide them with a safe haven and with justice.
The Law Offices of James S. Cunha, P.A. Can Help
The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Cunha, P.A. also are your domestic violence advocates. Florida law provides for a court-ordered domestic violence injunction to protect those who have suffered, or who have an imminent fear of suffering, from domestic violence. Such an injunction requires the named individual to remain a certain distance away from the person, home, work, etc. of the individual who petitioned for the injunction. It is often very difficult for victims of domestic violence to face their abusers in court. Our attorneys can assist by walking you through the process, providing legal advice so that you can obtain the protection you need.
While domestic violence injunctions are necessary and beneficial to protect victims of violence, unfortunately they also are sometimes used by one party to gain the upper hand in a rancorous divorce or child custody dispute. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, then you would do well to retain an experienced domestic violence attorney who can assist you in preparing a defense. The consequences of being the subject of such an injunction can be very severe in a child custody dispute. In fact, it could result in restrictions on your ability to see your children alone, or even at all. That is why it is very important to consult with a skilled domestic violence lawyer right away if you have been served with a temporary legal injunction.
The Law Offices of James S. Cunha, P.A. salutes those members of the Florida community who have reached out to victims of domestic violence. Our West Palm Beach Domestic Violence Attorneys stand ready to provide competent legal assistance to the residents of West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Martin County, who are victims of violence as well as to those who have been falsely accused. Contact us today to schedule a 1 hour consultation at 1 (800) 558-1227, or locally at (561) 429-3924, or via email [email protected].
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