As many people know, divorce can be a trigger for domestic abuse and it can be important to protect yourself if you feel threatened in any way by a spouse or other family member. The emotional aspects of divorce can cause otherwise non-violent people to become enraged, which appears to be the case for one Florida woman who aggressively entered her estranged husband's house with a rifle and threatening to kill him and his girlfriend. She has been charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
According to the case report, the woman and her husband had been separated for a few months and were going through the process of divorce. The 51-year-old woman, who is being accused of domestic violence, allegedly burst into the man's bedroom where he and his girlfriend were asleep armed with a rifle and, according to the man's girlfriend, yelled expletives while threatening to kill them both. The man struggled to gain control of the rifle, and the woman kicked his girlfriend twice in the abdomen in the process. After the man was able to get the rifle away, he hid in a closet.
The woman then allegedly obtained another rifle and vandalized the home before leaving the premises.
Deputies later went to the woman's apartment, where police said she tried to close the door on them. She was arrested and charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence. The woman reportedly asked police what she was supposed to do after finding her husband in bed with another woman. Although this particular case may seem extreme, domestic violence is a serious issue and authorities aggressively respond to any allegations.
When a person makes threats against another or family issues such as a pending divorce make a situation hostile, the victim may seek a temporary order of protection with the assistance of a knowledgeable family law attorney. In some cases, a judge may be willing to grant a permanent order if the situation is severe enough. Divorce is often a trigger for family violence so it is important to protect yourself and your kids if you feel threatened in any way by an estranged spouse.
Source: KLTV, ""I found him in bed with a naked chick, what was I supposed to do?"," Michael Thompson, Jan. 8, 2013