Florida Statute 741.28 Domestic violence; definitions.

(2) “Domestic violence” means 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.
(3) “Family or household member” means 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.


Domestic Violence in general/ Restraining orders/Criminal charges

One of the most common domestic violence crimes is a domestic violence battery. There are numerous defenses to domestic violence crimes. Sometimes the alleged victim fabricates allegations in order to kick their partner out of their home, get custody of the children. Domestic violence allegations are often seen while the parties are going through a divorce or separation, etc. Once a person is arrested for domestic violence, they will usually be ordered to stay away from the alleged victim or their home while the case is pending. In addition, many of the alleged victims will petition for an injunction (restraining order) that would prevent the defendant from contacting them.


Ms. Bozanic started her career in the Domestic Violence Unit at the Miami Dade State Attorney’s office. If you have been charged with domestic violence, call former domestic violence prosecutor Zeljka Bozanic at 305.643.1040 or 954.920.9750 for help with your case.