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What is a protective injunction?

According to information published by the Florida Senate, estimates suggested that over one-and-a-half million American adults experienced domestic violence victimization in 2005. During 2008, there were more than 113,000 reports of domestic violence in Florida. If you live in Lee County, or anywhere else in the state, it is important to address domestic violence appropriately if you or a family member have dealt with this matter firsthand. For example, you should understand what a protective injunction is and how it can help protect victims of domestic violence.

In Florida, those who think they are about to experience domestic violence or are already a victim of domestic violence can seek a protective injunction. Also referred to as restraining orders, protective injunctions place restrictions on people who have allegedly committed an act of domestic violence or threatened another with domestic violence. These orders are intended to prevent abusers from contacting victims or coming near those who are protected. In some cases, protective injunctions can provide other rights, such as child custody, for example.

If you want to obtain a protective injunction, you must swear that domestic violence issues exist and provide detailed information pertaining to your situation. Next, you will have to attend a hearing. If courts believe that an individual is facing an imminent domestic violence threat, temporary ex parte injunctions may be granted. When it comes to domestic violence, those who have abused others must be stopped and held responsible for their actions. 

This piece was written to provide helpful information on protective injunctions and domestic violence. Please do not interpret this material as legal advice.

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