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Five types of restraining orders you can get in Florida

Restraining orders deal with a wide range of violent issues. If you are a victim of violence, you will find there are different types of protection orders in Florida which you may choose from to best fit your situation. A restraining order may not keep an abuser from contacting or hurting you, but it will give you the opportunity to contact the police to report a violation of the order.

There is no such thing as one size fits in regard to restraining orders. Restraining orders, also known as civil injunctions, are divided into five categories in Florida. All of which directly relate to situations victims may find themselves in from abusers.

If you fear for the safety of yourself or a loved one, you may obtain a court order based on certain violent actions. Once an injunction is in place, the person who is named in the injunction is not to be in contact with the filer, and must follow any stipulation that was issued in the order. These are the five types of restraining orders available in Florida:

Domestic Violence

It is oftentimes the people we are closest to who are the most likely to be violent. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 10 million women and men will be affected by domestic violence this year. Common types of domestic violence include battery, assault and false imprisonment. When any of these acts are committed by someone in the same household as you, it is considered domestic violence.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence can come from someone you know or from a complete stranger. This also applies to any minor child you are in care of or that lives in the same house. One of the requirements to obtaining a sexual violence injunction is that you must report the incident to police, and also cooperate with the investigation.

Dating Violence

Dating violence is like domestic violence, the difference being a member of your household is not the abuser. In an instance of dating violence, the abuse comes from a person you have been romantically involved with in the last six months.


Stalking in Florida is repeated, malicious harassment that serves no legitimate purpose and causes emotional distress. Cyber-stalking is very similar to stalking; it is defined as repeated electronic communications that causes emotional distress with no legitimate purpose. Both have broad definitions that allow for many types of situations that could warrant protection.

Repeat Violence

A repeat violence injunction may be obtained if you are a victim of two or more acts of stalking or violence with at least one incident happening in the last six months. Usually, these types of injunctions come against co-workers, neighbors or some type of relationship that is non-domestic or non-romantic.

If you have been a victim of any type of harassment, speak with the police and a skilled attorney right away. It is a basic right to not have to live in fear for your safety, or the safety of someone you care about.


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