In the Florida legislature there is a legal difference between repeat violence, sexual violence, and dating violence. These terms are defined in statute 784.046.
According to the statute, the term violence in Florida is defined as any of the following:
Repeat Violence means 2 incidents of violence committed by a single person within 6 months of each other.
Simply put, sexual violence is any act defined as “violence” committed in a sexual context. Specifically, sexual Violence includes any of the following:
Dating violence includes any violent act between 2 people who are in a romantic relationship. In order to be charged with dating violence, there are several qualifying characteristics:
Basically dating violence has to involve 2 parties who are or have recently been in a significant romantic relationship. This type of violence does not apply to people in casual social relationships.
Joseph T. Hobson is a Criminal Defense attorney specializing in DUI charges in Clearwater, Florida.