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Domestic Violence

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Pasco Sheriff’s Office personnel are committed to protecting you! NO ONE, not even someone that you live with or that you love, has the right to hit you, threaten you with violence or emotional abuse! If someone is abusing you, you can take action!

Knowing your legal rights and other options is the first step toward ending the abuse. Call the Pasco Sheriff’s Office toll free at 1-800-854-2862.

The Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team (InVEST) consists of a detective and domestic violence shelter advocate who work together to identify victims of domestic and dating violence at high risk for homicide. The team offers enhanced services to survivors of intimate partner violence and monitors offenders.

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InVEST Project

Is Your Relationship Abusive?

Does your partner or family member abuse you in any of these ways?

Physical Abuse
  • Push or shove you
  • Hold you to keep you from leaving
  • Slap, bite, kick or choke you
  • Hit or punch you
  • Throw objects at you
  • Abandon you in dangerous places
Sexual Abuse
  • Force you to have sex
  • Criticize your sexual performance
  • Force you to do sex acts you don’t like
  • Deny you sex
Emotional Abuse
  • Ignore your feelings
  • Insult your beliefs, religion, race, heritage or sex
  • Withhold affections as punishment
  • Insult your family or friends
  • Humiliate you
  • Display obsessive jealousy
  • Isolate you from family or friends
  • Destructive Acts
  • Break furniture, flood rooms, ransack or dump garbage in your house
  • Slash tires, break windows, steal or tamper with parts of your car
  • Abuse or kill pets to punish or frighten you
  • Destroy clothing, jewelry, family photos or other personal items that are important to you
     

    Domestic Violence Safety

    Safety before and during an explosive incident:
    Safety when preparing to leave:
    Safety in your own home:
    Safety with a protective order:
    Safety on the job and in public:
    Your continued safety and emotional health:

    Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence

    After an arrest for domestic violence has been made, the suspected abuser is brought before a judge at that is called a “first appearance hearing.” The judge will determine whether there was a legal basis for the arrest. If so, the judge will consider the seriousness of the crime, the suspect’s past criminal history and the suspect’s ties to the community. Based on these factors, the judge will either set a bond or release the suspect subject to certain conditions. Your input is very important to the judge. If you want your opinions heard about the release of the suspect please call the domestic violence advocate at (727) 844-7780. The court times vary, but your advocate can accompany you to this hearing, appear on your behalf if you are unable, and can provide you with the outcome of the hearing.

    A person who has been arrested on domestic violence charges may be eligible to participate in the State Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Diversion Program. This is a deferred prosecution treatment program available to some offenders upon approval of the State Attorney’s Office. Participants pay fees for processing and weekly group treatment sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, the case will be dismissed. You can call the State Attorney’s Office for details, at (727) 847-8158 for west Pasco, or (352) 521-4333 for east Pasco.

    If the suspect is not eligible for the Diversion Program, the next court appearance will be in about 2-3 weeks at the arraignment. You do not need to be at this hearing unless you so choose. At the arraignment, the suspect will announce a plea. In some instances the judge may accept a “no-contest” plea or a “guilty” plea, and sentence the offender at this point. If the plea announced is “not guilty,” the next court appearance will be a pretrial approximately three weeks later. After the pre-trial, a trial date will be set. Your domestic violence advocate can keep you updated on the court schedules and the outcome at each stage, or will accompany you to court.

    You have the right to go to court and file a petition requesting an injunction for protection from domestic violence which may include, but is not limited to, provisions which restrain the abuser from further acts of abuse; direct the abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from entering your residence, school, business, or place of employment; award you temporary custody of minor children; and direct the abuser to pay support to you and the minor children if the abuser has a legal obligation to do so.

    We will assist you with filing a petition to obtain an injunction for protection. You can ask even if you cannot afford to pay court fees. The court clerk will help you complete the appropriate forms. Even if you have left your home, you can still apply for an injunction for protection. If you called law enforcement, and no arrest was made, a report will be filed with the State Attorney’s Office for review. An investigator will be contacting you, so it is important all agencies involved have a current address for you, or information on where you can be contacted, which will remain confidential.

    After you file your petition, the judge can sign a temporary injunction, which can be obtained on the same day, without a hearing and without the abuser knowing first. A temporary injunction lasts for a stated period of time not to exceed 15 days and is given to you by the judge when you are in immediate danger of being hurt. A permanent injunction can go into effect later. This injunction is for a stated period of time not to exceed one year, unless extended by the court. The judge may want to hold a hearing before signing the permanent injunction.

    A person who refuses to follow a judge’s order can be put in jail. If the abuser disobeys the judge’s order, contact the police or Sheriff’s Office and show them the certified copy of the injunction. In some cases the officer will arrest the abuser.  Also, you can ask the judge to hold the abuser responsible for not following the judge’s order.

    If you need help or have any questions:

    Domestic and Sexual Violence Center of Pasco County

    Domestic Violence Counselor

    East Pasco: Sunrise (352) 521-3120

    West Pasco: Salvation Army (727) 856-5797

    United Way Helpline
    First Call For Help
    (727) 845-4357 or 1-877-828-8929

    Diversion Coordinator at the State Attorney’s Office
    (727) 847-8158
    Clerk of the Circuit Court
    (For domestic violence injunction applications)

    West Pasco (727) 847-8176
    East Pasco (352) 521-4517

    Pasco Sheriff’s Office
    EMERGENCIES: DIAL 9-1-1
    1-800-854-2862
    Victim Advocate Unit — (727) 844-7793

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