In a crucial step to ensuring that same-sex couples, including Florida gay and lesbian couples, are also protected against the dangerous acts of violence within relationships, the Department of Justice has make clear that the criminal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is intended to protect individuals in gay and lesbian relationships as well as those in heterosexual ones.
In April, 2010, the Assistant Attorney General, declared that the text, relevant case law, and legislative history all support the conclusion that the Violence Against Women Act applies with equal force in cases when the victim and perpetrator are of the same sex. The Department is working to ensure that all U.S. Attorney offices are aware of the law’s applicability to LGBT relationships.
Domestic violence knows no distinction or boundaries. Whether you are a Jacksonville gay, lesbian or heterosexual person, domestic violence is unacceptable and needs to be stopped. Florida domestic violence is often a difficult topic to talk about, but conversation must occur. A confidential consult with a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney might just be the first step you need to stop the violence and get help.