According to the statute, the term violence in Florida is defined as any of the following:
- Assault or aggravated assault
- Battery or aggravated battery
- Sexual assault or battery
- Stalking or kidnapping
- And any other offense resulting in physical injury
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:
- Sexual battery
- A lewd act committed upon or in the presence of someone under the age of 16
- Sexual performance by a child
- Any felony in which a sexual act is committed
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:
- The relationship between the 2 parties in question must have existed within the past 6 months.
- There must have been an expectation of affection amongst the parties in the relationship.
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.