Legal Information: Florida

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 10, 2017

Can I get my Florida injunction for protection enforced in another state?

Yes. If you have a valid Florida injunction for protection against domestic violence that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state. The Violence Against Women Act, which is a federal law, states that all valid protection orders (called “injunction for protection against domestic violence” in Florida) granted in the United States receive "full faith and credit" in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories. See the question below to find out if your injunction qualifies.

Each state must enforce out-of-state orders, in the same way it enforces its own orders. Meaning, if the abuser violates your out-of-state injunction, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated. This is what is meant by "full faith and credit."