Last Wednesday the Treasure Island police arrested a woman for domestic battery. That’s not the strangest part, because plenty of women are arrested for domestic battery, whether they are the aggressor or not.
This woman was arrested for “poking” her live in boyfriend with a sex toy. According to the St. Petersburg Times article from Saturday, July 11, 2009; there was no allegation of injury or real threat of violence. I guess, technically speaking, “poking” is a battery, which is any unwanted touching. But was this touching unwanted? With a sex toy?
Apparently, he was the one who called the police. And they arrested her. Must of have been a slow night in the Treasure Island Police Department. If this arrest isn’t a cry for why that agency needs to be consolidated into Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, I’m not sure what is.
What this arrest shows is how “seriously” the police take domestic battery complaints. Especially if someone is drunk. In most instances, if the police are called to a domestic battery incident, someone gets arrested. Especially if someone is drunk. So unless you are the victim of a crime or in fear for you safety, don’t call the police. Their job isn’t to monitor your sex life.
Is spanking a child enough reason for a judge to grant a domestic violence injunction?
In order to legally get a domestic violence injunction, it must be proven by the Petitioner, or on behalf of the Petitioner in the case of a child, that there is an immediate threat of harm or fear.
Florida law says that spanking is a reasonable form of punishment when it does not harm the child. In fact, spanking is a defense to a criminal charge of child abuse or a charge of child abuse under Florida Statute 39 which is the Dependency statute.
In this particular case, a divorced father spanked his 14 year old daughter one time for being disrespectful. The daughter testified that she was being sarcastic. While my personal opinion is generally against spanking, when every other form of discipline, such as taking things away, grounding, and time outs don’t work, spanking may be appropriate in some instances. G.C. v. R.S. and K.C., 1st DCA, 9/16/11
A parent or legal guardian of a child can file for a domestic violence injunction on behalf of the child, even if they themselves are not a victim. If your child is the victim of abuse, or someone is saying that you are an abuser – call Blackstonepc.com. Domestic Violence injunctions, although civil in nature, have the ability to cause criminal charges and take away various liberties such as one’s ability to own or purchase guns.