Severe penalties follow convictions for repeat acts of domestic violence. A Florida man is in jail less than two years ago after his release from a decade-long prison term. There have been two incidents of domestic violence charges since the 42-year-old man regained his freedom.
The protection of a family's honor is a priority in some cultures influenced by religious beliefs. U.S. reports of honor-related family violence -- parents or siblings who abuse or kill a "dishonorable" child -- have increased with the influx of immigrants from divergent cultures.
Failed personal relationships often lead to arguments. Police get involved when the behavior of people involved in disputes exceeds the limits of the law. Often the only witnesses to family violence are the accuser and the accused.
A Kissimmee man phoned 911 to confess to murder. The suspect requested an ambulance before stating that he had "killed a girl." Police found the 28-year-old man in an apartment complex and charged and jailed him without bail. The suspect refused to talk with police and asked for a defense attorney.
A former National League Football player who changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco -- Spanish reflective of the "85" on his sports jersey -- was arrested in Davie, Florida, just six weeks after he married. The domestic violence charges abruptly changed the athlete's life.
A politically-connected Broward County radio personality turned himself over to authorities on charges that he hurt his wife during an argument. The man accused of the domestic violence charge apparently fled the scene and the county for five days before agreeing to surrender.
Spouses and significant others frequently fail to follow through with domestic assault charges against a loved one once authorities arrive and the altercation ends. Intoxication or drug use often escalates couples' arguments that subside once the substances' effects wear off.