|How Do I File for an Injunction Against Domestic Violence?|
File for an Injunction Against Domestic Violence
Every day in America, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men suffer physical violence at the hands of a loved one.
Your Florida Court Clerk can help if you are a victim of domestic violence.
Don't stay silent. Take action today by contacting your local Court Clerk to put a stop to the fear and abuse.
During normal working hours, a Petition for Injunction can be filed with the Clerk’s Office. In some counties, local agencies will assist with filling out the needed forms. Once the forms are completed, the clerk will file the petition and notify the judge’s office. The judge may enter a Temporary Injunction and Notice of Hearing will be entered; or set it for hearing without a temporary injunction.
What are the circumstances to obtain an injunction?
Definition: “Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you may seek a restraining order if the violator:
If you are the victim of repeat violence, you may seek a restraining order if:
If you are the victim of sexual violence you may seek a restraining order if:
If you are the victim of dating violence, you may seek restraining order if:
If you are a victim of stalking, you may seek a restraining order if:
What happens after an injunction is signed?
The formal hearing will be scheduled for the next available court session. You must attend the hearing or the injunction will be dismissed. Local law enforcement agencies are noticed of all injunctions.
How do I know when charges are filed against me?
Arraignment and/or case management dates can be 30 – 45 days after the formal charges have been filed with the Clerk. All notices will be sent to the address that was given at the time of arrest. If you posted a bond, your bond agent may receive the only notice if you are not represented by counsel, so it is important to keep in touch with your bond agent. Your case number, charges, type of court event, date/time and location of hearing will be displayed on all court notices.
Visit your Clerks' website to contact your Clerk's office and learn more about the services that are available to you and can help keep you safe.