Have you ever felt threatened by someone? Do you leave in a constant fear of being stalked? If by chance you have ever come across such a situation, don’t worry and start taking the help of law. The law of Florida allows an individual to file an injunction as counter measure for protection against incidents such as stalking, domestic violence, physical and mental abuse. So what is an injunction order? Well, it is basically a civil court order which orders the abuser to stay away from the victim. Often known as a restraining order, it directs the abuser to immediately back off from doing certain undesirable things like abusing, stalking, threatening the victim. Anyone who violates the injunction order will be taken into police custody in no time.
In order to file a petition for an injunction order, a victim must have faced an act of domestic violence at least once in the last 6 months. An act of domestic violence under the law of Florida encompasses the following:
1) Threats and harassment in any form by the abuser
2) Any attempt to harm the victim or a family member of the victim
3) The threat of using weapons such as guns and knives against the victim
4) An attempt to kidnap the victim’s child
5) Destroying or damaging the victim’s personal belongings also qualifies as an act of domestic violence
In addition to these, any forms or undignified behaviour by the abuser towards a victim will be considered an act of domestic violence under the Law of Florida. Usually injunctions are of two types: Temporary injunctions and Final injunctions.
A temporary injunction order is more like an immediate measure. It is crafted so as to provide immediate protection to the victim and her family as soon as the petition is processed in the court of law. There is no need for any kind of testimony by the victim nor does it require the abuser to be present in the court.
Whereas, a final injunction is issued by the judge after taking into account the testimony of the victim and hearing the statement made by the abuser. It gives more protection to the victim than a temporary injunction.
In a nutshell, an injunction order is the first step that a victim of domestic violence must undertake to ensure their safety as well as of their families.
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