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.
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.