Many people in the Fort Lauderdale area have likely caught wind of the news that Heidi Klum and Seal have decided to divorce. While their situation may seem difficult to relate to -- not everyone has their divorce plastered across celebrity gossip magazines -- there are several things that Florida residents can learn from the high-profile couple's situation.
A recent article discusses the horrible domestic abuse matters that have struck two Florida counties in 2012. "It does seem like we're having these horrific cases every week," said the president of a local Fort Lauderdale crisis center. The spokesperson added, "Crime may be down, but domestic violence is up. And the incidents are more lethal."
For many people, domestic violence does not exist solely in the home. Abusers who are especially controlling follow their victims around, threatening them and sometimes others. One place that can be particularly frightening for domestic abuse victims is the workplace.
As of late, the Kardashians have been on the receiving end of the most celebrity news. On the other hand, Kenny G, who is not particularly known for making ripples in the headlines, recently announced to the public that he and his wife are splitting it up. The saxophonist is ending his relationship after 20 years of marriage. As is the case for Florida families in similar situations, this particular marriage could conclude with a complex divorce.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 million men and women across the United States are victimized by domestic violence each year. Florida's numbers are no less shocking; approximately 2.5 million women are subjected to abuse by an intimate partner annually.
A few weeks ago, we discussed a case in which a Florida woman was taken into custody after allegedly trying to sell her baby boy for $7,000. After she was taken into police custody, two men -- the child's legal father and his biological father -- were both vying for custody of the boy.