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Domestic Violence in Jacksonville, Florida

Lisa Veney was outgoing, friendly — and separated. In December 2013, her estranged husband shot her to death.

In December of last year, 44-year-old Sheridan Veney went to dinner with his 18-year-old daughter at a popular Jacksonville Applebee’s restaurant. Lisa Veney was there too — celebrating the surprise visit of their daughter, in town from North Carolina.

When Ms. Veney was leaving the restaurant, Mr. Veney shot her five times, killing her. He then waited at the restaurant for the police. Although Mr. Veney had no record of domestic violence in Jacksonville, he was arrested in Maryland on charges of battery involving his wife earlier in their marriage.

According to the Florida Statistical Analysis Center, there were more than 100,000 domestic violence offenses committed in 2013. Ms. Veney was just one of 107 homicides that year.

Married in 1993, it is likely Ms. Veney was a longtime victim of domestic abuse. She finally died because of it.

Domestic violence has considerable impact on family law cases in the following ways:

  • Divorce: With evidence of domestic abuse, the court may enter a restraining order or injunction for protection of adults or children.
  • Custody: Matters involving abuse of children are very serious and have an impact on parenting and timesharing.

For spouses of violent domestic partners, separation and divorce are often periods of potentially dangerous conflict. If you or your children are being abused, get help as soon as possible. When you are thinking of leaving, be sure to have a safety plan in place.

If you have questions about an injunction or other matter involving domestic violence in Jacksonville, speak with an experienced family law attorney.

Jacksonville, Florida family law attorney Shane Herbert also contributed to this post.

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