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October 26th is Domestic Violence Awareness Day

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Domestic violence is a serious problem here in the United States. More than 20,000 calls to domestic violence hotlines are made each day, and it is estimated that more than 10 million women and men suffer abuse from an intimate partner each year. In many situations, children suffer from domestic violence as well. According to statistics compiled by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately one in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year, nearly 90 percent of whom will be eyewitnesses to violence.

Rape, stalking, and physical abuse can have an immense impact on the physical and mental health of an individual and can have devastating consequences that can tear families apart.

Tonight, October 26, the Maxwell Hall Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 601 Centre Street in Downtown Fernandina, will be hosting a Mission Study on Domestic Violence. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Memorial United Methodist Church, the event will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will feature three guest speakers. This study is sure to be informative and is an invaluable resource for our community.

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If your family is suffering from domestic violence, we urge you to reach out immediately for help. Please call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate danger, or call Micah’s Place’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline. You can also visit to find a safe place in your area.

Family Law Attorneys in Jacksonville, FL

Owenby Law, P.A. is always available to provide legal assistance for families. In cases of domestic violence, we can assist with the issuance of orders of protection (also called restraining orders), as well as a variety of child custody matters. Pursuant to Florida Statute Chapter 751, we may also be able to help facilitate temporary custody of minor children by extended family. This can help ensure the protection of your children while other divorce and family law matters are attended to.

We have put families first for over a decade. To find out how we may be able to help you, call a Jacksonville family law attorney from Owenby Law, at (904) 770-3141 to begin discussing your family’s needs.