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January 27, 2020

Am I eligible to obtain an injunction for protection against domestic violence?

Injunctions for protection against domestic violence protect you against family or household members. You can file a petition for an injunction for protection against domestic violence if the abuser is:

  • your current or former husband or wife;
  • any person related to you by blood or marriage (such as your aunt, cousin or brother-in-law);
  • any person who lives or has lived with you, as if they were part of the family. The law protects you against these people even if they are no longer living with you; or
  • someone you have a child in common with, even if you have never lived together and never married that person.1

To read about what qualifies as domestic violence for the purpose of getting an injunction, go to What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Florida?

If you are a minor, you may need a parent or legal guardian to file for an injunction on your behalf.2 You may want to contact a domestic violence program for more information about how to get an injunction if you are a minor. Go to FL Advocates and Shelters to find a program near you.

Note: If someone other than one of these people is hurting you, there are other petitions that you may be eligible to file for protection against violence. See If I am not eligible to get an injunction for protection against domestic violence, is there some other injunction that I can get for protection against violence?

1 Fla. Stat. § 741.28(3)
2 Fla. Stat. § 784.046(2)