Florida law defines domestic violence as specified types of violence committed against a family or household member. An individual can commit domestic violence against a spouse, ex-spouse, the co-parent of the individuals child, or a relative related to the individual by blood or marriage.
Florida laws protect against domestic violence occurring between individuals who currently co-habitate or who formerly co-habited together in the same household.
Crimes qualifying as domestic violence under Florida law include assault and aggravated assault, stalking and aggravated stalking, kidnapping, and others.
Florida also recognizes the issue of violence committed between two persons in a current or former dating relationship.
Penalties and sentences in Florida for domestic violence specifically include a minimum punishment of five days served in county jail. The court may also sentence a convicted offender to a period of imprisonment in Florida state prison. State laws permit the court to decide on a sentence of probation or community service.
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