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Posted on Jul 17, 2013

Domestic & Dating Violence


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.

Dating Violence is often overlooked and leads to bigger problems. Some types of abuse such as social, sexual, financial, verbal and emotional abuse should not go unnoticed. Some red flags can be jealousy, isolation, threats of violence, controlling behavior, severe mood swings, misplaced blame and anger and cruelty to animals. Avoid placing yourself in compromising situations and be smart about dating. Here are some safety tips:

  • Double-date the first few dates.
  • Get to know the person you’re dating before you let your guard down.
  • Determine how you want to be treated and set standards.
  • Insist the relationship is equal and both partners are considerate.

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 MCSO’s Crisis Intervention Specialist at (352) 368-6745.
  • Get help and info on dating and domestic violence at:

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.