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Injunction Intake Services provided only at the Clerk's main office in the Citrus County Courthouse located at 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness. Injunction Packets are available at the Inverness Courthouse.
Injunctions, also commonly known as a Restraining Orders or Orders of Protection, are filed through the Circuit Civil Division.
Request assistance as early in the day as possible, preferably before noon, to allow sufficient time to complete paperwork and for the Court to review your paperwork.
There is no fee to file for an injunction. However, there may be a sheriff's service fee if the respondent lives outside of the State of Florida. The petitioner should verify the service fee with the other state prior to filing the case. The petitioner must provide a check or money order made payable in the amount that was provided by the other state at the time of filing.
If an injunction is needed after business hours (8:00am - 5:00pm), on weekends or holidays please call 911.
Listed below are the Injunction packets available for download
Domestic Violence as used in F.S. 741.28 - 741.31: "Domestic Violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.
"Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
WITH Minor Children Biologically with Respondent (person injunction is against)
Click here to download the Domestic Violence Injunction With Children Packet
Click here to download the Domestic Violence Injunction Without Children Packet
Violence as used in Florida Statute 784.046, means any assault, battery, sexual battery, or stalking by a person against any other person. "Repeat Violence" means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner's immediate family member.
Click here to download the Repeat Violence Injunction Packet
Dating violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
Click here to download the Dating Violence Injunction Packet
Sexual violence means persons involved in sexually lewd acts, including any forcible felonies. The sexual violence must have been reported to a law enforcement agency.
Click here to download the Sexual Violence Injunction Packet
A person who engages in a course of conduct (a series of acts over a period of time) directed at a specific person, which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose, commits the act of stalking. This can include cyberstalking - threats delivered by electronic communication.
Stalking, as used in F.S. 784.048: A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking.
Click here to download the Stalking Violence Injunction Packet
What will an Injunction for Protection (also known as a restraining order) do for you?
It will legally prevent an alleged abuser (the respondent) from committing any further acts of violence to you or from threatening you, or stalking you.
Depending on the situation, an injunction may:
- Restrain the respondent from going to, in or within 500 feet of petitioner's residence, place of employment, place of school, or places you and your family frequent
- Provide no contact between the parties, in any manner
- Require the respondent to attend counseling, treatment or a batterer's intervention program
- Require the respondent not to possess a firearm or to surrender any firearms to law enforcement
How long will the process take?
The court will review your petition and you will receive an answer that day (granting, denying, and/or setting your case for hearing).
Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA)
FCADV- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention and resource line for domestic violence survivors, friends and family of survivors and community partners. Advocates connect callers with their local certified center, provide immediate crisis support, safety plan with survivors, and provide information about domestic violence to friends and family of survivors of domestic violence.
If you have any additional questions regarding injunctions please contact the Clerk's Office at (352) 341-6424.