Domestic Violence

How do I Obtain a Restraining Order for Domestic/Repeat/Dating/Stalking/Sexual Violence?

For information and procedures on obtaining a Restraining Order, call the Domestic Violence Department at 954-831-5570 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You may contact the Women in Distress hotline for counseling and shelter at 954-761-1133, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You may obtain a Domestic Violence restraining order against a spouse, ex-spouse, or blood relative residing in the same household or any other person you are, or were, residing with as if family. You may also obtain a Restraining Order against a person with whom you had a child, whether you are living together or not.

A Repeat Violence restraining order may be filed by individuals who are not family or household members. There must have been two (2) occurrences or acts of physical violence, and one (1) occurrence must have been in the last six (6) months. The Judge may require you to furnish the police reports as filed.

A Dating Violence restraining order may be filed by 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 6 months.

A Stalking restraining order maybe filed against any individual, who maliciously and repeatedly follows, harasses and engages in a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time. This restraining order will not address exclusive use of residence/child time sharing or financial support.

A Sexual Violence restraining order may be filed for any one incident of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious act committed upon or in presence of a person younger than 16 years of age, luring or enticing a child, sexual performance by a child or any other forcible felony wherein a sexual act is committed or attempted.

To obtain a Restraining Order, you may eFile your pleadings utilizing the ePortal filing system or appear in person at one of the following Domestic Violence Service Locations, excluding Courthouse Holidays.

Broward County Central Courthouse
Judicial Complex West Building
Domestic Violence Division
201 SE 6th Street, 2nd Floor, Room: 02140
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: 954-831-5570
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (filings stop at 5:00 p.m.)

West Regional Courthouse
100 N. Pine Island Road - Room 180
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone Number: 954-831-5612
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (filings stop at 2:00 p.m.) All filings after 2:00 p.m. must be filed at the Broward County Central Courthouse located at 201 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 or through the eFiling Portal.

If a Domestic Violence incident (as described above) occurs afterhours please contact 954-463-0911 for after hour procedures.

You should have a photo I.D. with signature.

A police report is not required to file a Domestic/Dating/Repeat or Stalking restraining order (Injunction); however, if you have a Police Report, please bring it with you. The Domestic Violence Unit will provide the forms and assist you with filling out the paperwork. The case file will then be reviewed by the assigned Judge. It is recommended that you come as early as possible as the process could be lengthy depending on Judge availability.

The Clerk's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, however, if a Domestic Violence incident (as described above) occurs afterhours please contact 954-463-0911 for after hour procedures.

In the interest of safety it is suggested that you seek safe shelter throughout this process as your safety is the most important factor.

If the restraining order (Injunction) is granted there will be a hearing in 15 days or less. Children are usually not allowed in the courtrooms.

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What is the Pro Se Self Help Unit?

The Pro Se Self Help Unit, located at Broward County Central Courthouse, Judicial Complex West Building, Domestic Violence Division, 201 SE 6th Street, 2nd Floor, Room: 02140, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 and provides local and Florida Supreme Court approved Family Law Forms for a fee to those who choose to represent themselves or cannot afford an attorney.  Forms for divorce, paternity, timesharing/visitation, stepparent adoption, custody by extended family and other various forms may be purchased between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The pro se self-help staff does not provide legal advice.

The Florida Supreme Court offers free access to the approved Family Law Forms at www.flcourts.org. Click on self-help, then Family Law Forms.

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What happens after I eFile my Petition on a Domestic Violence matter?

After an E-Filed petition has been accepted, the Petition is forwarded to the judge for ruling. The decision is made the same day and Petitioner/Counsel is responsible for obtaining a copy of the ruling along with all associated documents. The Domestic Violence office is located at Broward County Central Courthouse, Judicial Complex West Building, 201 SE 6th Street, 2nd Floor, Room: 02140, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 and is open until 7:00PM Monday through Friday so Petitioner’s may obtain the judicial ruling. The Domestic Violence office, located at 100 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation, Florida is open until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday so the petitioner may obtain the judicial ruling in cases filed at that location. Filing of petitions for injunction ends at 5:00pm Monday through Friday per administrative order 2016-5-UFC.


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