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January 27, 2020

What is an injunction for protection against domestic violence?

An injunction for protection against domestic violence (sometimes called an injunction or a restraining order) is a court document that orders the abuser to stop doing certain acts (such as abusing you, contacting you or coming near you) and makes the abuser do other acts (such as leaving your home, and paying you temporary child support). It can also give you certain rights (such as temporary custody of your children). If you have an injunction, and the abuser violates it, the police may arrest him/her for the violation.1 See What can I do if the abuser violates the injunction? for more information. For a complete list of what protections an injunction can offer, go to How can an injunction for protection against domestic violence help me?

1 Fla. Stat. § 741.30