Domestic Violence

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GENERAL INFORMATION

What is an injunction? In simple terms, an injunction is an order issued by the Court that commands an individual to stop doing something specific, such as abusing or stalking. Injunctions, also known as Restraining Orders, legally restrain individuals from harming other people. They also restrict contact between the two people involved.  Injunctions may also address other issues depending on the specific circumstance of your situation. This can include ordering counseling, treatment, establishing a temporary parenting plan and temporary child support, and a variety of other matters depending on the particulars of your case.

The Clerk’s Office is here to assist you with filling your injunction, but is barred by Florida law from offering legal advice.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO FILE FOR AN INJUNCTION

There is never a fee to file an injunction for protection.

You must have the first and last name of the person you are seeking an injunction against, who is known as the Respondent. You should have an address where the Respondent may be served.  This could include the Respondent’s home address, employment address or an address they frequent.  In order for an injunction to be enforced, the Respondent must be served by the Sheriff’s Office.   

To file for an injunction, you must file a notarized petition with the Clerk of Courts.  The type of petition you should file is based on the relationship between you and the Respondent. The various types are listed below. While the Clerk of Courts cannot advise you which petition to file, a description of each relationship is included. 

The petition forms can be found by visiting Florida Courts Family Law Forms.

Choose an Injunction Type to read its Description from Florida Courts

Domestic Violence

12.980(a)

The domestic violence petition is used if the Respondent is your spouse, former spouse, related to you by blood or marriage, living with you now or has lived with you in the past (if you are or were living as a family), or is the other parent of your child(ren), whether or not you have ever been married or ever lived together. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing together or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

Repeat Violence

12.980(f)

This petition is used when at least two incidents of violence have been committed against you or a member of your immediate family by another person, one of which must have occurred within six months of filing this petition.

Dating Violence

12.980(n)

This petition is used when there is violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The dating relationship must have existed within the past six months, the nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties, and the frequency and type of interaction must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship. Dating violence does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.

Sexual Violence

12.980(q)

In order to obtain this type of injunction, you must have reported the sexual violence to a law enforcement agency and be cooperating in the criminal proceeding, if there is one. It does not matter whether criminal charges based on the sexual violence have been filed, reduced, or dismissed by the State Attorney’s Office. You may also seek an injunction for protection against sexual violence if the Respondent was sent to prison for committing a sexually violent crime against you or your minor child living at home and the Respondent is out of prison or is getting out of prison within 90 days of filing your petition.

Stalking

12.980(t)

This petition is used to stop the repeated following, harassment, or cyberstalking of one person by another. Cyberstalk means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.



ADDITIONAL FORMS

Supplementary forms that may be required to be filed with your petition are described below. The forms can be found by visiting Florida Courts Family Law Forms.

Local forms - Required for submission

  1. Instructions - Please read before completing any paperwork - IMPORTANT
  2. Civil Cover Sheet
  3. Domestic Relations Identification Sheet
  4. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) - Only required if children are involved
  5. Domestic Violence Threat Level Assessment Checklist/Missed Advocacy - Only required for intimate relationships

If you are asking the Court to determine issues with regard to your parenting plan or time-sharing for a minor child(ren) or if you are seeking protection on their behalf, you must file a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit, Form 12.902(d).

If you fear that disclosing your address to the Respondent would put you in danger, you should complete a Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Form 12.980(h), and file it with the Clerk’s Office. Additionally, when filling out your petition you should write “Confidential” in the space provided to list your address.

 

FILING YOUR PETITION

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with a court services specialist for assistance in filing your petition, you can do so by calling the Domestic Violence department of the Clerk’s Office during regular business hours at (904) 255-2210. Currently, all interview appointments scheduled by the Domestic Violence department will take place via the Zoom application.

If you do not already have Zoom installed on your device, you may wish to download it prior to your appointment.  Laptops or desktops with web cameras are preferred, but most mobile devices with video and audio capabilities will work, except for Apple iPhones.  If you have an iPhone, you may still make an appointment to meet with a court services specialist, but you will need to have access to a printer and a notary to complete your filing.  Interview blocks may only be utilized to file a maximum of two petitions, per interview.  If you are seeking to file an injunction against more than two people, you will be required to complete more than one interview.   If you need to exit the interview for your safety at any time, please do so immediately by closing out or shutting your device down completely. 

While the Clerk’s Office is available to assist with the filing of your petition through Zoom appointments, you do not have to make an appointment to file your petition.

If you would like to complete the petition on your own, it may be filed with the Clerk’s Office in one of the following ways:

  1. Electronically, using the statewide e-filing portal
     
  2. Through the US mail addressed to:  
    Duval County Clerk of Courts
    Attn: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEPARTMENT
    501 West Adams Street, Room 2409
    Jacksonville, FL 32202

  3. Using the drop box located in the lobby of the Duval County Courthouse (501. W Adams St.)

 

AFTER YOU HAVE FILED YOUR INJUNCTION

After you have filed your injunction, you will receive correspondence from the Clerk’s Office advising you of your case number.  A judge will review your petition and an order will typically be entered within 24-48 hours of your filing.  The judge may grant the temporary injunction, deny the temporary injunction, or deny the petition and set a hearing.  If the temporary injunction is approved or the petition is denied with a hearing, the hearing before the judge will occur within 15 days.  Until further notice, all injunction hearings are being conducted using the Zoom video conferencing application. 

It’s important to note that if a Temporary Injunction for Protection is issued, it does not go into effect until the Respondent has been served.

If your injunction is denied without a hearing, the other party will not be notified that you have filed against them and your court date will be cancelled.  

 

OFFICE INFORMATION

Domestic Violence Department

Office Hours

 Monday through Friday (excluding holidays): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. however we cease intake of new petitions at 4:00 p.m.

 

Mailing Address

Duval County Clerk of Courts

Attn: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEPARTMENT

501 West Adams Street, Room 2409

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone

(904) 255-2210

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

AGENCY
Department of Children & Families (DCF) Hotline Hotline: 1(800)96-ABUSE
Family Court Services (Family Law) Phone: (904) 255-1060
Family Court Services (post-Judgment/compliance) Phone: (904) 255-1075
Family Nurturing Center familynurturingcenter.org
Fleet & Family Support navymwrmayport.com
Florida Courts flcourts.org
Florida Courts E-filing portal myflcourtaccess.com
Fourth Judicial Circuit jud4.org
Hubbard House hubbardhouse.org
Hotline: (904) 354-3114
Text line: (904) 210-3698
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid jaxlegalaid.org
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office jaxsheriff.org
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office- Civil Process Phone: (904) 255-2470
Jewish Family & Community Services Jfcsjax.org
National Network to End Domestic Violence nnedv.org
Salvation Army Batterers’ Intervention salvationarmyflorida.org
State Attorney’s Office Phone: (904) 255-2500
Three Rivers Legal Services Trls.org
Women’s Center of Jacksonville womenscenterofjax.org

 

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