Vice Chairwoman Sosa advocates for tougher sentencing for Domestic Violence Offenders
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – On February 19, 2020, County Commissioners unanimously adopted legislation filed by Vice Chairwoman Sosa urging the United States Congress and Florida Legislature to strengthen penalties for offenders convicted of domestic violence crimes.
Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects anyone regardless of gender, age, religion, or social economic, ethnic, or educational background. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), reports that one-third of women and one-fourth of men will encounter some form of physical violence from an intimate partner within their lifetime and that one in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year. Further highlighting the gravity of the issue, the NCADV mentions that domestic violence accounts for at least 15 percent of all violent crime, and that the risk of homicide rises by at least 500 percent if a firearm is present when domestic violence occurs.
The United States Congress and the Florida Legislature have recognized the significance of the dangers posed by domestic violence and enacted laws aimed at addressing the issue. However, Vice Chairwoman Sosa seeks to further deter these heinous crimes by sponsoring legislation that urges both Congress and the Florida Legislature to reassess and augment the current penalties for persons convicted of domestic violence crimes.
“Domestic Violence is a terrible scourge that greatly affects communities across our nation,” said Vice Chairwoman Sosa. “It destroys families and can rob children of their childhood and affect them for the rest of their lives. The best way we can help victims is by preventing domestic violence from occurring in the first place. It is my hope that by strengthening penalties, we can dissuade would be perpetrators and provide for a safer community for all.”