By definition, a bully is a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. Psychology Today attributes the bullying behavior to lack of parenting at an early age and “…not handling well…the normal aggression of two-year-olds.” On the other side, the victims might be sought out and targeted for having a lack of assertiveness.
With the World Wide Web connecting us all with one touch of the mouse, bullying has reached a much larger audience, and that humiliation of the victim bares an increasing amount of weight.
New method of cyberbullying includes the sharing of menacing gossips, embarrassing photos and even video tapes of the instances of bullying violence.
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Florida Law protects victims from bullies by allowing them to file an Injunction for Protection, sometime called a “Protective Order” which does not allow the aggressor to come within 500 feet of the victim, or contact the victim in anyway. Protecting the victims family, if needed, is also an option.
There are several types of Injunctions that protect us from bullies. The one used for youth bullying cases would be the Repeat Violence Injunction. If the offender has a history of two or more instances of violence, this would apply. We have successfully argued that only one act of violence is necessary for children.
* Statistics from ‘Team Up To Stop Bullying’ and Sears
Consequences for aggression or violence towards others and teaching esteem and assertiveness to both parties are preventative measures to take.
If you have been the victim of bullying or violence, the Personal Injury attorneys at the Law Office of John M. Phillips can help. If you are seeking an injunction, our experienced attorneys can help! Contact us today to discuss your legal needs, 904-444-4444.