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Florida's Domestic Violence Law

Domestic violence laws differ from state to state. The differences range from the definition of domestic abuse to the requirements for mandatory reporting. In some states, medical professionals may have to report suspected abuse to the police.

In Florida, a healthcare provider may NOT report domestic violence without informed consent from an adult, even if the victim admits to the violence. Reporting suspected domestic violence without informed consent is considered unethical in the state of Florida and may leave the healthcare provider who reported the violence open to civil action. However, Florida law does require healthcare professionals who knowingly treat a gunshot wound or life-threatening injury indicating an act of violence to report immediately to the county sheriff's department, with or without the victim's consent (Online Sunshine, 2017c).

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