CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Last month, a couple got into a late-night argument in their Coral Springs house over the future of their relationship.
By the time the fight concluded on the morning of March 27, Jose Salaman was under arrest for a domestic battery charge for allegedly pushing the woman to the ground, causing a scrape on her right elbow, records show.
It was one of at least 12 domestic disturbance/violence-related incidents Coral Springs police responded to that week, most of them ending with officers speaking to the people arguing or fighting and making sure no one was injured. Three people, though, were arrested, including Salaman.
A review of Coral Springs police responses from March 11 to April 7 shows that officers were called out to at least 41 domestic disturbance/violence incidents.
That’s an average of 10 incidents a week.
Coral Springs police said they aren’t seeing any upticks in domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic when most people are at home and many are struggling with financial and other stresses.
In other cities across the nation, though, domestic violence is on the rise, raising concerns about the safety of vulnerable girls and women as they are isolated at home. A recent United Nations report warned about a “shadow pandemic” related to domestic violence across the globe.
Domestic violence experts said one in five women who had ever been in a relationship reported experiencing sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last year. And they stress that up to 50 percent of domestic abuse cases go unreported.
Coral Springs Deputy Police Chief Brad McKeone said his department has victim advocates and specially trained officers to help victims of domestic abuse.
“Right now, there’s a lot of stress people are going through,” he said. “Businesses are closed. People aren’t working.”
People in fear of being attacked by their spouse, companion or roommate should call police for help, McKeone said.
For non-emergencies, victims can call:
- Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
In Coral Springs, according to the police data, most police domestic violence responses end without arrests, with officers giving stern warnings to those fighting to separate, at least temporarily, until tensions calm down. They also encourage contacting victim advocates and other local experts for counseling and assistance.
In the case with Salaman, 44, who works at Mayo Clinic, police determined that he was the aggressor, even though the woman he was arguing with allegedly scratched him as she was trying to get his phone, the report said. Her injuries appeared to be “malicious.”
Despite calling the police, the woman didn’t want to provide photos of her injury, the report said. She also didn’t want to provide an official statement to investigators.
Salaman was later taken to Broward County Jail.