Domestic violence encompasses crimes committed against those living in the same house or family.
To prevent false accusations, Florida courts look for evidence beyond verbal reports to prove abuse. Plaintiffs must show they experienced bodily injury and that the offender intended to inflict harm.
Knowing what evidence the courts require to prove these allegations can help those charged with domestic violence better understand the case against them.
While medical documentation of injuries does not automatically lead to a conviction of domestic violence, the records are necessary to prove harm. Some evidence used to prove injury are:
- Reports or x-rays from Emergency Room doctors
- Photos taken by law enforcement officers
- Documents from family doctors reporting injuries occurring over time
All images should include a complete picture of the victim to prove that close-up shots are of the same person.
Getting caught on video is not hard to do with surveillance cameras and cell phones in abundance. Recordings of any altercation or violent tendencies may provide enough proof to establish intent to harm.
Cell phone data
Experts can now extract numerous types of data from cell phones, such as:
- Text messages
- Voice mails
- Photos/ Videos
- Location information
Threatening conversations and incriminating photographs may provide enough evidence to prove domestic violence.
While people close to both parties may need to provide witness statements to the police, law enforcement also talk to people that are not directly involved in an incident. Speaking to neighbors, coworkers, and casual observers may provide an unbiased view of the situation.
Those accused of domestic violence should know that courts require multiple forms of evidence to prevent false charges.