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How Does the Law Define Domestic Violence in Tampa?
Domestic violence laws vary from state-to-state. In Florida, the term “domestic violence” refers to certain crimes that are committed by one family or household member against another family or household member.
These crimes include:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Aggravated Stalking
- False Imprisonment
- Any other criminal offense that results in injury or death of the victim
Many domestic violence crimes are committed by one spouse against another. But as previously mentioned, a crime is considered domestic violence if it is committed by any family or household member against another family or household member.
The law defines a “family or household member” as a:
- Former spouse
- Family member related by either blood or marriage
- People who currently live together as a family
- People who have previously lived together as a family
- People who are co-parents to a child, regardless of whether or not the parents have been married
Excluding co-parents, a defendant and victim are only considered “family and household members” if they currently live together or have lived together at some point in the past.