A Florida woman who was a member of the U.S. Navy and had just received a promotion to chief petty officer did not live long enough to celebrate the promotion. The woman received news of the promotion on a Friday and was found dead in her home the following Monday, possibly as a result of domestic violence. While no details were available, it was reported that she did not die from natural causes.
The chief petty officer had been granted a protective order two weeks earlier following a report of domestic violence. She reported that she had been kicked and that the man she was living with pulled a gun on her. The argument was about household bills, and she was due to appear in court on the Monday she died.
Police were called to the residence and reported finding a body inside. The crime is still under investigation, and no suspects have been detained. The woman was 37 years old and the mother of three children.
Domestic violence ends all too often in a violent death. A woman in Florida who has reason to fear for her or her children's safety may benefit from speaking with a lawyer experienced in dealing with domestic violence issues. An attorney can advise the client regarding what legal options are available to help ensure her protection. In addition, the lawyer may be familiar with protective shelters in the area where a woman and her children can seek refuge if she believes her life or the lives of her children may be in danger.