Recent numbers are showing a frightening trend in domestic violence cases in Florida. Although crime overall is declining in Florida and across the country, domestic violence is on the rise. As reported by ABC Action News out of Tampa Bay the trend moving crime from the public eye into the privacy of the home gives domestic violence advocates a “hit in the gut”.
According to their report, crime in Florida is at the lowest point in 39 years. Decreased crime is often credited to effective policing and deterrent sentencing practices. What isn’t clear is why domestic violence isn’t falling as well.
Many states across the country are experiencing this same anomaly and speculating about the cause. Most are attributing it to the struggling economy, stating stress in homes is higher than normal because budgets are stretched thin and families are struggling to make ends meet. The economy may also cause a victim of domestic violence to stick around longer because the resources aren’t available to allow her to leave.
Statistics like this are based on arrests, most typically, however. So, the rising number of reported domestic violence incidences only counts those that are actually reported. Unfortunately, domestic violence is likely to be the most underreported crimes of all.
In Florida, being accused of a domestic violence offense like assault or stalking can forever change your life. Because of the stigma attached to these types of crimes, you may find yourself being alienated by friends and family long before the facts of the case ever come out.
During times like these, having an advocate on your side can not only help your legal case but also your state of mind. Domestic violence convictions can quite literally lead to a lifetime of repercussions. From jail time to anger management and a felony rap sheet, your life may never be the same.
As your defense lawyer I will do my best to ensure you get the best results possible on your day in court. Contact me today for a free, in depth consultation on your case.