Domestic Violence Up 79% During Pandemic:
How to Keep Your Family Safe and Not Get Arrested!
It is not easy to live in a home with other people, and when people aren’t getting along, it’s even harder to live together. Clients arrested for domestic violence have told us that during a pandemic, when you’re forced to stay indoors, that challenge becomes even more difficult. On top of this, our clients report a rise in tension because they are experiencing feelings of stress, depression, and fears related to income and job security as a result of the pandemic.These factors are leading to the dramatic rise in domestic violence.
“Domestic” Violence is defined as violence that occurs between non-related individuals living together, or violence that occurs between a married couple or other related individuals, like parents, children, and siblings, whether living together or not. In Palm Beach County, domestic violence is up 18% since last year. In the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee counties, domestic violence is up 79% since last year. We want to provide you with tips and resources to protect your family during this difficult time.
Domestic violence charges can have devastating impacts on entire families, no matter the circumstance. If you are arrested for domestic violence during the pandemic, you will be taken to jail overnight, if not longer, which could put you at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Additionally, when you are released, it is likely that a No Contact Order will be issued, which precludes you from going home. This means you will have to find somewhere else to stay. During a pandemic, this can present serious challenges, as many individuals will be afraid that you’ve contracted the virus during your time in jail, and will be less likely to allow you to stay with them. If you find yourself facing domestic violence charges, we are here to help. Our team of attorneys is always available to help guide you through this difficult time.
Domestic violence charges during a global pandemic can present serious challenges for all family members, especially when children are involved. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in an effort to protect the children, may force separation within the family. We know how frustrating and stressful this can be. We want to keep your family together.
Finding ways to separate yourself from conflict in your home is crucial during this time. Moving to another room, going for a walk, or working out can help to release tension when conflict arises in your home. We know how important the support of loved ones is during this difficult time. If you or your loved one is experiencing obvious signs of depression, anxiety, or stress during this time, contact a mental health professional who can help guide you through this uncertain time. Doing your part to keep the peace in your home will keep your family protected.
We also understand that many victims of domestic violence may be suffering as they follow their local “stay at home” orders. If you believe you’re a victim of domestic violence and need help during this time, contact the Florida Domestic Violence 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (1-800-500-1119).
Our team of attorneys is offering free 15-minute legal sessions to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult time. Whether you’d like to discuss your domestic violence charges, or have questions about the latest COVID-19 laws, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your session.
Written by: Michelle Merson, Guy Fronstin, Tiffany Monroy