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Domestic Violence Injunctions

Domestic Violence is a Crime!
No one, not even someone you live with, has the right to beat you or threaten you with violence! Knowing your legal rights and other options is the first step toward ending the abuse!

If you are being physically or sexually abused, threatened by a family or household member, or believe you are in danger of such abuse... get help!

  • The law protects you if you are being abused or threatened by your spouse, former spouse, or another family member who is or was living in the same household as you.
  • The law protects you from abuse by a person with whom you have a child in common, whether you lived together or not.
  • You need not be married or related to the abuser to be protected under the law.

The Law Says

If you are the victim of domestic violence, you may ask the State Attorney to file a criminal complaint (press charges) by calling (305) 547-0150.

You also have the right to go to court and file a petition requesting an Injunction for Protection from domestic violence which may include, but not be limited to, provisions which restrain the abuser from further acts of abuse; direct the abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from entering your residence, school, business, or place or employment; award you custody of a minor child or children; and direct the abuser to pay support to you and any minor children if the abuser has a legal obligation to do so.


If an individual has abused you physically or sexually, or if you have good reason to fear that this person is about to be violent toward you, the law in Florida enables you to get a judge to ORDER the abuse to STOP.

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