Originally Posted by prhoshay;3760554;
Usually based on observations made of the victim for example.(seeing bruises for example)
For a long time most states had statutes that only allowed the victim to make a complaint. That has changed so that now most states allow third parties like cops etc make the complaint.
This is a big turn around from the days when it was thought--and supported by laws--that "a man's home is his castle" and that the law had "no right" to interfere in what happened there.
The laws against Domestic Violence as well as child abuse are relatively new.
But some states still resist allowing the law to protect women and children.
Pretty nasty when you think about it.
(I don't have time right now to research Florida's DV laws especially as they address who can/cannnot be a complainant.)
BTW--the laws against marital rape are also very new. It was thought for a long time that "a man could not rape his wife." That it was his "right" to have sex on demand with his wife whether she consented or not. Those laws are only 20 years old.
Laws regarding marriage and families (and now including commtted relationships) are very new in terms of the history of law in the US.