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Oct 26

Filing for Safety: How to File an Injunction for Protection AKA Restraining Orders

Posted on October 26, 2023 at 11:29 AM by Megan Gooden

An injunction, sometimes referred to as a "restraining order," can provide the safety and peace of mind you need. This guide provides details on the filing process.

Understanding the Basics

An injunction is a court order that prohibits a specific individual from having any contact with you. It can encompass various aspects of your life, including your home, car, workplace, and other relevant places. It also forbids any form of communication, be it through phone, email, or in person. Additionally, an injunction can include other protective measures deemed necessary by the court. If you're under 18, you can have an adult file on your behalf; just consult the Clerk for guidance.

Steps to Filing an Injunction for Protection

Step 1 Identify the Type of Injunction Needed

Start by determining the type of injunction for your situation. There are five main types: domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, repeat violence, and stalking. Your choice depends on your relationship with the involved person and the nature of the incidents. We have a useful tool that guides you through an interactive interview to determine the type that fits your needs.

Step 2 Complete the Packet

Once you've identified the type of injunction, complete the paperwork. Each category has specific requirements, so follow the guidelines. Our interactive, online tool also guides you through the process of completing the paperwork.

Step 3 File the Paperwork 

Submit the completed packet to the Clerk's office to initiate the legal process for obtaining your injunction. Injunctions must be filed at our Bartow office.

Step 4 Seek Assistance if Needed

In cases of an emergency or incidents outside of non-operating hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact 911 for immediate help.

Resources

For further help, visit the DIY Center at the Bartow Courthouse, where dedicated staff can assist with your injunction paperwork. We also have our online Do-It-Yourself Court Filings resource that allows you to prepare these forms 24/7. Filing an injunction for protection can be a crucial step in securing your safety and well-being. Remember, you don't have to go through this process alone; our office is here to help. 

Peace River Center

Peace River Center also provides free, confidential services for individuals affected by domestic violence. A 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis line is available at 863-413-2700. There are also more resources on their website.