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October 6, 2023

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

Injunctions for protection against domestic violence protect you against family or household members, which are defined as:

  • 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, 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 your relationship with the person abusing you is not listed above, 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)