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Legal Information: Florida

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 21, 2018

What protections can I get in an injunction against dating, repeat, or sexual violence?

In a temporary ex parte injunction and in a final injunction, the law says that judge can grant whatever protections the judge believes are “proper,” which includes prohibiting the respondent from committing any acts of violence.1 The injunction petition is more specific and allows you to request in a final injunction for protection against dating, repeat, or sexual violence that the judge prohibit the respondent from:

  • committing any acts of violence against you;
  • going to your home (or any place where you are living), your work, your school, and any place where you or your immediate family have to go to often;
  • coming within 500 feet of your home (or any place where you are living), your work, your school, and any place where you or your immediate family have to go to often;
  • contacting you by telephone, mail, email, in writing, through another person, or in any other manner;
  • using or having any guns or firearms;
  • intentionally coming within 100 feet of your car (motor vehicle); and
  • doing anything else that could make you or your immediate family unsafe.2

1 Fla. Stat. § 784.046(6)(a), (7)
2 See, for example, Petition for injunction for protection against dating violence - Instructions