Filing a Restraining Order in Florida
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Domestic Violence
Restraining order


How to Cite

Beall, Kathleen, and Heidi Radunovich. 2015. “Filing a Restraining Order in Florida: FCS3325/FY1455, 12/2014”. EDIS 2015 (1). Gainesville, FL:3.


After a charge or arrest for domestic violence, the abuser may still find ways to cause harm. One of the most common threats faced after ending a violent relationship is stalking. Stalking is when someone repeatedly follows, harasses, or makes threats against you. Fortunately, there are laws and legal protections that can work to keep you safe if you are stalked. The first and often most powerful of these protections is filing an injunction. In this 3-page fact sheet, Kathleen Beall and Heidi Radunovich explore what an injunction is, how it is filed, and what it protects you against. Published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, December 2014. Photo: (iStock/ 

FCS3325/FY1455: Filing a Restraining Order in Florida (
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Coleman, F. L. (1997). Stalking behavior and the cycle of domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 12(3), 420-432.

Domestic violence; injunction; powers and duties of court and clerk; petition; notice and hearing; temporary injunction; issuance of injunction; statewide verification system; enforcement; public records exemption, XLII FL §741.30 (2013).

Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(a)(2012), Petition for injunction for protection against domestic violence. Retrieved from

First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (2011). Domestic violence and civil injunctions. Retrieved from

WCADV (N.D.) Overview of a formal injunction hearing process. Retrieved from