Domestic Violence Knows No Boundaries

Domestic violence knows no bounds. Anyone can be an abuser and anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There is no one typical, detectable personality of an abuser. About 25% of women and about 14% of men experience severe intimate partner violence over their lifetimes. It is also well established that about 70% of the victims of intimate partner homicides are female. While domestic violence occurs in all socio-economic, racial, religious, and ethnic groups; women living in poverty are at a greater risk of becoming victims, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Shockingly, pregnant women are also at a greater risk.

What is domestic violence?
"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.

The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

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⚖ Second DCA Opinions



FACTS: Law enforcement had obtained search warrants that authorized the search of 3 adjacent rooms at a motel, "its curtilage, any vehicles located within the curtilage, and any or all persons found therein, who [were] reasonably believed to be involved in the crime or crimes, for any and all controlled substances." The State argued that Shannon's car was parked in the curtilage of the motel rooms and that the search of his car was therefore authorized by the warrants. The defense argued that the parking space did not meet the definition of curtilage.

RULING: The parking space in this case was not within the curtilage of the three motel rooms. Read the full case below:

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