Domestic Violence

Overview


The Domestic Violence Intake unit provides assistance to those affected by domestic, repeat, sexual, dating, and stalking violence who in need of obtaining an injunction for protection. Injunctions are commonly referred to as “restraining orders”.

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. The decision is made the same day and the Petitioner/Counsel is responsible for obtaining a copy of the ruling along with all associated documents.

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

Guidelines for Staying Safe


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 a Domestic Violence incident occurs after hours please contact us at the after hours phone number in the contact section.

  • CALL 911 IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER!
  • CONTACT WOMEN IN DISTRESS (ALSO ACCEPT MEN) 24 hours a day by calling (954) 761-1133. They can provide emergency shelter and counselling for victims of abuse and their children.
  • Call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119
  • Call the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE

Your abuser may monitor your internet use. If you have reason to believe your computer is not secure; you may wish to use a computer your abuser does not access. Also, if you have reason to believe that your phone may be traced, vehicle, or any other electronic device, you may temporarily want to look into other means of communication and/or transportation.

Restraining Orders and Injunctions


The Domestic Violence Department Team helps those affected by domestic; repeat, sexual, dating and stalking violence obtain injunctions for protection. Injunctions are commonly referred to as "restraining orders." Any victim of abuse has the right to file an injunction against their alleged abuser. An Injunction for Protection is a Court Order, often referred to as a restraining order, which places restrictions on an individual who has allegedly committed acts or made threats of violence against another individual. A restraining order may include requirements that restrain the Respondent from further acts of violence; order the Respondent to leave a shared dwelling; prevent the Respondent from coming to your home, school or place of employment; and/or award temporary custody of minor child(ren).

INSTRUCTIONS — When filing a complaint, bring the following with you:

  • Driver license or identification which includes your picture and signature.
  • Specific dates of abuse or threats of abuse.
  • Specific locations where abuse or threats occurred.

You should also be able to provide:

  • Name of respondent (alleged abuser).
  • Physical description of respondent, including height, weight, scars, date of birth, etc.
  • Current residence address of respondent, including telephone number.
  • Respondent's employer and employer's address and phone number, if possible.
  • Respondent's vehicle information including make, model, color, year and tag number.

If a Restraining Order (Injunction) is granted there will be a hearing in 15 days or fewer.


Types of Injunctions, and the law that Governs:


Forms and Self Help


These forms are available for you to download free of charge.

SELF HELP EQUAL ACCESS CENTER


Assistance with Forms - Please visit the Law Library Self Help Equal Access Center.

  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, North Wing

  • 1st Floor, Room: 1800
    201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  •  954-831-5648

  • Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Excluding Holidays

Comfortable work areas, internet, wi-fi, Westlaw, Lexis, print materials and additional forms covering many topics including, but not limited to: Summary Administration; Formal Administration; Homestead; Motions; Affidavits; Caveats; Waivers; Consents; Adversary Actions

The Law Library is open to the public and Law Librarians are available to offer assistance in locating legal resources and forms.

Other Resources


Domestic Violence hosts a "Divorce Class" every 1st Monday once a month. Classes are held on Monday nights at 6:00 pm.

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.

Victim Parking


Central Courthouse Parking

Free parking is provided for victims attending injunction court hearings as well as filing injunction petitions. The Domestic Violence Unit will validate your parking ticket.

The victims must park in the jury parking garage located east of the Courthouse at 540 SE 3rd Avenue, obtain a parking ticket and bring it with you. Upon completion of your filing, we will stamp your parking ticket. The victim must take the stamped ticket to the first floor of the East Garage to receive validation.

Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Information

  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, West Building
    (Domestic Violence)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  • 2nd Floor, Room: 02140

  •  954-831-5570
  •  954-831-5579
  •  954-463-0911 - (After Hours only)
  •  954-831-6025 - (Fax)

  • Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Filings stop at 5:00pm)

    Saturday & Sunday
    Closed

    Pro Se (Self Help)
    Monday - Friday

    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • West Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Domestic Violence West)

  • 100 North Pine Island Road
    Plantation, FL 33324
     Directions To This Location


  •  954-831-5612
  •  954-831-3570

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (All filings after 2:00 p. m. must be filed at the Broward County Central Courthouse or through the eFiling Portal)

    Saturday & Sunday
    Closed

    Excluding Holidays