Domestic Violence & Coronavirus Pandemic

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Experts have warned that with the growing coronavirus pandemic, that domestic violence arrests and convictions are rising. “Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread”, is quickly becoming the motto of the Covid-19 quarantine, but for some home is not safe.

Often domestic abuse in movie scenes, occur as a big loud argument often on the front lawn or in public. That is not always the case. In extreme domestic abuse cases in Florida, there are long periods of nonviolent abuse such as coercive and controlling behaviors.

Coronavirus is making it more difficult for people in domestic violence situations. The Centers for Disease Control guidelines for social or physical distancing is making it impossible for people to get the resources they need to combat domestic abuse.

Florida Domestic Violence Centers have seen a decrease in survivors reaching out for help, which some believe to be dangerous. Local domestic violence shelter like, Harbor House, have made accommodations for the pandemic and changes to their routine to continue to provide assistance to survivors. As a result, new residents of Harbor House are in quarantine. Many new safety guidelines have been put in place, including cleaning of communal living spaces. Survivors of domestic abuse are encouraged to seek help and protect themselves. If you or someone you know needs help; please call Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.500.1119 or the Harbor House 24 Hour Hotline at 407.886.2856.

Consequences of Domestic Violence Arrest

If arrested on a domestic violence charge it can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction. The outcome will depend on if it was an attempt, threat or use of physical force. The resulting consequences could be punishable by fines or jail time. An arrest for domestic abuse could have unexpected consequences like; a protection order issued, or needing to find a new place to live. An arrest could also impact your employment or your ability to own a firearm.

Central Florida Bonding has been serving Central Florida for over 40 years. We serve Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and the surrounding areas. Please call us at 407-841-3646.

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