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Florida Domestic Violence Laws - Dade, Broward & Monroe County Resources

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Florida Domestic Violence Laws

Domestic violence includes any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury of death of one family member or household member by another family member or household member. The petitioner in a domestic violence action must be a victim or in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence.

Florida Temporary Restraining Orders

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) may be filed to provide immediate relief from domestic violence. The family court judge will consider ONLY the verified pleading or affidavit of the petitioner in deciding whether to grant a TRO. If the TRO is granted, the respondent is entitled to notice and a hearing within 15 days of the issuance of the TRO. A TRO may include relief including an order preventing further abuse, an award of any jointly occupied residence, temporary child custody provisions, and a no contact provision.

Florida Permanent Restraining Orders

At the hearing on the Petitioner’s pleading or affidavit, the family court judge will take testimony on the alleged acts of domestic violence and decide whether a permanent restraining order should be granted. If granted, permanent restraining orders generally include provisions regarding occupancy of any jointly owned or rented residence, child custody time-sharing schedules for the children, temporary alimony or child support, and provide for no-contact between the respondent and the petitioner. The Florida family court judges are aware of the enormous implications upon divorce, child custody, support and other family law issues that can come into play with the entry of a permanent restraining order and are cautious to enter such orders when they believe the evidence truly supports such a finding. Our Florida domestic violence attorneys work closely with our clients to ensure that we understand the domestic violence allegations and our clients’ positions on the allegations.

If you are the subject of a restraining order, you must act cautiously to avoid further criminal penalties that could include imprisonment or an extension of the restraining order

Domestic Violence Resources in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties

Broward County

Broward County Sheriff Victim Services Coconut Creek Victim Advocate Coral Springs Police Victim Advocate Davie Police Dept. Victim Advocate Florida Atlantic Univ. Victim Services Florida Freedom Partnership Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Friends of Our House (Ft. Lauderdale) Ft. Lauderdale Police Victim Services Hollywood Police Victim Services Kids in Distress Lauderhill Police Victim Services Margate Police Dept. Victim Advocate Miramar Police Victim Advocate NOVA Southeastern Family Violence Pembroke Pines Police Victim Advocate Plantation Police Victim Advocate State Attorney Victim Advocate Unit Sunrise Police Dept. Victim Advocate US Attorney Victim/Witness Services Trauma Resolution/Victim Services Center Women in Distress

954-321-4122 954-973-6701 954-340-5019 954-693-8285 561-297-0427 866-443-0106 305-573-1106 954-765-4159 954-828-5507 954-967-4411 954-390-7654 954-497-4738 954-935-5385 954-602-4348 954-262-5829 954-436-3228 954-797-2118 954-765-4133 954-746-3536 305-961-9000 305-374-9990 954-761-1133

Miami-Dade County

Advocates for Victims Aventura Police Dept. Victim Services Center of Info - DV Outreach Charlee of Dade County Coral Gables Police Victim Advocate Community Health of South Dade Domestic Violence Protection Orders Florida Freedom Partnership Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Florida Intnl. University Victim Advocacy Haitian Neighborhood Center Homestead Police Dept. Victim Assistance Jewish Family Victim Assistance Kristi House Legal Aid Society Miami-Dade Police Domestic Crimes Miami Police Dept. Victim Advocates Miami Beach Domestic Violence Unit Miami Bridge Central (safehouse) Muheres Unidas en Justica North Miami Police Victim Intervention Opa Locka Police DV Intervention Safe Space (North Dade Victim Center) South Dade Victims Center State Attorney Victim Assistance Unit US Attorney Victim/Witness Services Victim Advocacy Center Victim Response / The Lodge Victim Services Center

305-758-2819 305-466-8965 305-759-1155 305-665-7309 305-460-5471 305-252-4835 305-547-3170 866-443-0106 305-573-1106 305-348-1215 305-573-4871 305-242-5921 305-445-0555 305-547-6800 305-579-1024 305-579-6530 305-418-7200 305-673-7776 305-635-8953 305-247-1388 305-891-0294 305-953-2838 305-758-2546 305-247-4249 305-547-0510 305-961-9000 305-348-1215 305-693-1170 305-374-9990

Monroe County

Domestic Abuse Shelter Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Florida Freedom Partnership Monroe Sheriff: Crimes Against Persons State Attorney Victim Assistance US Attorney Victim/Witness Services Victim Services Center Wesley House Family Services

305-294-0824 305-573-1106 866-443-0106 305-289-2410 305-292-3400 305-961-9000 305-374-9990 305-292-7150

Vari & Associates, LLC.

The foregoing legal guide was written to inform and not advise the reader on topics of Florida family laws. The guide was authored by Attorney Lisa Marie Vari of the Miami, FL family law firm of Vari & Associates, LLC.

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