An Injunction for Protection against Dating Violence is a court order that directs a person not to have any contact with you. It may be referred to as a “Restraining Order” or an “Order of Protection”. You may be eligible for an Injunction for Protection if you have been a victim of Dating Violence or have reasonable cause to believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming the victim of Dating Violence.
Dating Violence means any violent (assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death) between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. An Injunction for Protection against Dating Violence may be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office by applying in person. Certain eligibility requirements must be met pursuant to Chapter 784, Florida Statutes. Clerk’s office personnel will assist the Petitioner by screening him or her for eligibility and in completing the required forms. No fee is assessed for filing an Injunction.
In order to obtain an Injunction for Protection against Dating Violence, you must have:
- Had a dating relationship that must have existed within the past six months; and
- Had a relationship characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties; and
- Had a relationship where the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.
Note: Parties cannot be spouses/former spouse, have lived together “as if a family” or have a child in common.
While an Injunction may be continued for an indefinite period of time (after a hearing), either the petitioner or respondent may complete a Motion for Modification and it will be forwarded to the assigned judge for consideration. Clerk's personnel will assist in the completion of the form.