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Category Archives: Domestic Violence


Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting all of us. People in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida are keeping to their homes in an effort to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and the risks of community spread. This is a challenging situation for everyone, but particularly hard for those living with an abusive partner or… Read More »


Five Actions to Take Now if Your Spouse or Partner Is Abusive

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

In every relationship, there are likely to be times when you and your partner fight. Within a few hours or days, the two of you make-up and life goes on as normal. Domestic violence is different. Abuse is unpredictable and you never know how far it will go. The one thing that is certain… Read More »


When Domestic Violence Impacts Your Job

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence can take a variety of forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. At the core, the abuser’s need to have control over their partner is often the driving issue. In addition to endangering your health and well-being at home, domestic violence can also impact you on the job. The following highlights a… Read More »


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault or Harassment

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Regardless of whether you are married and any ‘rights’ the other person may claim to have over you and your body, the consent of both parties is required for sexual relations. Unwanted advances, sexual comments, or feeling pressured or forced into committing sexual acts is a form of domestic violence and could result in… Read More »


Protect Your Children From Domestic Violence

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence in Florida refers to any type of threat, harassment, or physical, emotional, and sexual abuse committed by a spouse, former spouse, domestic partner, or anyone living within your home. It is common among couples and left unchecked, can result in serious, potentially life-threatening injuries and emotional trauma that takes years to recover… Read More »


Can an Abusive Partner Change?

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

It can be difficult to give up on someone you love. However, if they are threatening or hurting you either physically, emotionally, or sexually, your top priority needs to be protecting your own health and welfare. In the case of couples who are married or living together, the one being abused may remain in… Read More »


Domestic Violence in a Relationship? A Restraining Order Can Help Keep You Safe

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

If you are a victim of domestic violence in Fort Lauderdale, it is important to know that help is available. Whether it is your spouse, former spouse, or a live-in partner who is threatening or abusing you, an injunction for protection against domestic violence can help to ensure your safety. Otherwise known as a… Read More »


What Can You Do to Stop a Stalker?

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Receiving attention from admirers or members of the opposite sex can be flattering. Unfortunately, it can quickly turn frightening if they begin following you or showing up at your home, work, school, or in other public places. As stalking is a common type of domestic violence and often a prelude to more aggressive actions,… Read More »


Domestic Violence and Divorce

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

When domestic violence becomes an issue in your marriage, divorce may be the best option for keeping you and any children you have safe. While abusers may make all types of threats regarding actions they will take if you end the marriage, the fact is that the law is on your side. Once abusive… Read More »


Eight Subtle Signs of Domestic Abuse

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Situations involving domestic violence are unfortunately common in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida. Victims in these cases are often hesitant to come forward out of fear that the situation will escalate or that they will not be believed. In some cases, confusion over the types of behavior that constitute abuse cause people to remain… Read More »