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Florida city official involved in domestic dispute

What appears to have begun as a dispute over a dinner engagement ended in a Marathon Finance Director facing charges for misdemeanor domestic battery. Police reports indicate that events transpired at the home of the married couple shortly after 10:00 p.m. The man’s stepdaughter said in a statement that she called police after witnessing the man strike her mother twice in the face and push her down.

It was reported that the fight had actually begun several hours earlier because the wife was running late for dinner. The husband claims that the woman punched him in the eye while they were driving home from dinner, and that she punched him again after they returned home.

The police report indicates that there were marks on the wife’s face and swelling. They claim that the man had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Police on the scene took the man into custody pending further investigation. As part of the investigation into domestic violence it came to light that there were two other reports of violence from this home, but neither incident resulted in an arrest. The wife indicated that she believed her husband would not face charges because of his status in the community.

It is not uncommon for domestic violence victims to assume that they will not be believed or that there is nothing they can do to protect themselves, but there are steps they can take to protect themselves. Restraining orders can give victims more strength, and the information will be taken into account during divorce and custody proceedings. Victims are urged to report abuse to authorities so that they can receive the necessary support and assistance.

Source: Keys Info Net, “UPDATED: Marathon finance director arrested for alleged battery on wife“, Ryan McCarthy, February 15, 2014