Can any family member be guilty of domestic violence against another family member?

Domestic violence incidents are difficult to deal with because the relationships between the parties. These cases can carry an emotional stress that isn’t always present in other types of violence because they are fueled by underlying issues based upon family conflicts.

Florida Statues 741.28 defines domestic violence as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. The statute further defines a Family or household member as spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

Any two people who are living together and who are related meet the definition of family or household member, and qualify under the current statute as participants in domestic violence.

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