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December 21, 2018

What is an injunction against repeat violence? Who qualifies for one?

You may file for an injunction against repeat violence against anyone who has committed at least two "acts of violence" against you or a member of your "immediate family." One of those two acts of violence must have occurred within the last six months.1 You can file on behalf of your minor child only if the child still lives at home and you are his/her parent or legal guardian.2

Any of the following acts are considered "acts of violence":

Note: If you have a child in common with the abuser or if s/he is a family or household member, you would not file for an injunction against repeat violence. Instead, you would have to file for an injunction for protection against domestic violence.4

1 Fla. Stat. § 784.046(1)(b)
2 Fla. Stat. § 784.046(2)(a)
3 Fla. Stat. § 784.046(1)(a)
4 See Petition for injunction against repeat violence - Instructions