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Category Archives: Domestic Violence


Strangulation: Domestic Violence Escalated

By Julia Kefalinos |

“But I’m your son!” Those were the words that finally caused an angry father to relent. He’d locked the 21-year-old in a chokehold, strangling him. The Coral Springs victim’s offense that had led to such an angry response? He’d been participating in a Zoom class with the volume up too loud. The Rest of… Read More »


Refusing To Tolerate Elder Abuse

By Julia Kefalinos |

Families across the globe sometimes have one family member who takes financial advantage of an elderly relative. Sometimes, our beloved elders suffer various forms of abuse at the hands of supposed caregivers, or perhaps at the hands of strangers. This could include physical abuse or neglect, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, forced isolation or imprisonment,… Read More »


Another Reason to Leave Your Abuser: The Effect of Witnessing Domestic Violence On Your Children

By Julia Kefalinos |

Victims of domestic violence stick with their abusers for a plethora of reasons, ranging from the belief that things will get better, to the fear that their abuser will hunt them down if they try to leave. Many have financial motivations for staying or lack support networks to help them get out of abusive… Read More »


Domestic Violence: Creating a Safety Plan

By Julia Kefalinos |

Are you a victim of domestic violence? Does abuse cause you fear, shame, and unspeakable pain? If you are like many victims of such violence, you have convinced yourself to stay for any number of reasons. But perhaps it’s time to consider the reasons you should leave, and to formulate a plan to do… Read More »


Domestic Violence: The Facts

By Julia Kefalinos |

Domestic violence is a serious problem in this country, and the job loss and financial strife associated with COVID hasn’t helped! Families under stress are more isolated than ever, often to suffer the effects of violence in the shadows. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, it’s worth… Read More »


Is Super Bowl Sunday Correlated to Domestic Violence Incidents?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Domestic violence impacts 20 million Americans every single minute throughout this country. The root causes are based in emotional issues often lurking beneath the surface in abusers. When violence erupts, it is frightening and can leave physical, mental and emotional scarring. Research indicates that special events and holidays that involve alcohol consumption can escalate… Read More »


Domestic Violence Destroys Lives

By Julia Kefalinos |

The shock of violence is staggering. Relationships that may have started out blissfully sometimes take a dramatic turn to darkness, leaving victims unsure how to protect themselves emotionally, mentally, and physically. Victims often question their own responsibility for the violence, blaming themselves for not being “enough.” Whether violence is new to your relationship or… Read More »


The Importance of Asserting Your Legal Rights in a Domestic Violence Injunction Proceeding

By Julia Kefalinos |

In Florida, a court may issue a domestic violence injunction upon the petition of a “family or household member” of the subject. Of course, the subject still has certain due process rights that must be observed. For instance, the subject is entitled to a hearing before the court issues any permanent injunction. Appeals Court… Read More »


Is It Domestic Violence If My Brother Steals My Cat?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence injunction is a specific kind of legal tool. It is designed by the Florida legislature to protect individuals who have already been the victims of violence, or who have “reasonable cause” to believe they are in “imminent danger” of such violence. It is not, however, something to be deployed against a… Read More »


Domestic Violence Accusations and Child Custody Battles

By Julia Kefalinos |

It is not uncommon for one parent, locked in the heat of a child custody battle, to accuse the other parent of domestic violence. That is why there are laws and procedures in place to adjudicate such allegations. Unfortunately, there are cases where the accusing parent may not accept the court’s decision and attempts… Read More »

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