If you are a victim of any act of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, you can ask the Court for a protective order prohibiting domestic violence. Domestic violence includes assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death to petitioner, by any of the petitioner’s family or household members.
Because you are making a request to the Court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the Court to protect you from is called the respondent.
Benefits of an Injunction
What will an Injunction for Protection (also known as a restraining order) do for you? It will legally prevent an alleged abuser (the respondent) from committing any further acts of violence to you or from threatening you, or stalking you. Depending on the situation, an injunction may:
How Long Will the Process Take?
The court will review your petition and you will receive an answer that day (granting, denying, and/or setting your case for hearing).
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV)
Florida Domestic Violence Hotline
The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention and resource line for domestic violence survivors, friends and family of survivors and community partners. Advocates connect callers with their local certified center, provide immediate crisis support, safety plan with survivors, and provide information about domestic violence to friends and family of survivors of domestic violence. Contact them at at 800-500-1119.