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Domestic Violence

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The Domestic Violence team at OCI is federally funded by the STOP Violence Against Women grant. The team is committed to enhancing participants’ understanding of the injunction process; providing court staff with meaningful, accessible training opportunities; assisting in enhancing court efficiency; and increasing the safety of Floridians. Active since 2002, the DV team has:

  • Created documents that inform petitioners and respondents about the injunction process, enhancing participants’ understanding of the court system;
  • Provided numerous training opportunities to Florida judges, including statewide and nationwide workshops and conferences, aimed at developing deeper understandings of the domestic violence process;
  • Developed a comprehensive Domestic Violence Benchbook for use by judges, with quick access sections regarding important aspects of the process;
  • Begun to promulgate a Best Practices Guide aimed at enforcing batterer intervention program participation, which has the potential to reduce recidivism, reduce court costs, and increase victim safety;
  • Created numerous videos to inform stakeholders about various domestic violence issues;
  • Enhanced the forms relating to domestic violence injunctions and streamlined the process, making some of the forms fillable online and thereby improving access to services;
  • Produced semi-annual newsletters that provide readers relevant information about current domestic violence issues;
  • Created two virtual court programs to allow users to experience the domestic violence process from the viewpoint of a judge or a case manager; and
  • Staff several committees, local and state-wide, to provide insight and assistance on domestic violence-related issues.

If you are in immediate danger of Domestic Violence, please call 911.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I need to get an injunction. What do I do?
    • If you need to get an injunction against someone, please contact an attorney, or the clerk’s office in your jurisdiction. The Office of Court Improvement cannot provide legal advice. However, to inform petitioners about the injunction process, the OCI has created a brochure for petitioners that discusses many important issues. Additionally, the OCI has produced two videos that discuss the injunction process and what to expect at a domestic violence injunction hearing. These videos can provide additional information about what to expect while involved in the domestic violence process.
  • I just got served a notice of an injunction and hearing. What do I do?
    • If you have been served with a notice of an injunction hearing, please contact an attorney, or the clerk’s office in your jurisdiction. The Office of Court Improvement cannot provide legal advice. However, to inform respondents (people who have received a notice of injunction hearing) about the injunction process, the OCI has created a brochure for respondents that discusses many important issues. Additionally, the OCI has produced two videos that discuss the injunction process and what to expect at a domestic violence injunction hearing. These videos can provide additional information about what to expect while involved in the domestic violence process.
  • I am a judge assigned to hear domestic violence matters. What resources are available to me?
    • If you have recently been assigned to the domestic violence bench, or will be a duty judge who may encounter petitions for injunctions, the Office of Court Improvement has created a comprehensive Domestic Violence Benchbook to provide in-depth information about the many issues that may be present in a domestic violence case. Additionally, the OCI has created a virtual court program, designed to simulate a DV case and take the user through every step of the process, from reviewing the petition to ruling on enforcement issues. This program has been approved for CJE, CLE, and CME credits. The OCI also has produced quick reference guides and injunction checklists for further information about the domestic violence process. Finally, the OCI produces a semi-annual newsletter that provides information about upcoming events and trainings, and includes recent DV cases of interest, as well as in depth discussions about relevant domestic violence topics.
  • I want to learn more about domestic violence statistics. Where should I look?
    • For more information about domestic violence statistics, please review the trial court statistics webpage, provided by Court Services. To review domestic violence and repeat violence statistics, please select the “Family Court” button. You can review the data by circuit, county, or statewide.
  • I need domestic violence forms. Where do I go to get them?
    • The Office of State Courts Administrator has forms that pertain to petitioners and respondents. The forms may be accessed on the Florida Supreme Court Self-Help forms site. Please note that, if you know which domestic violence form you are required to fill out, the form may be filled out using the OCI’s new fillable forms process. This process will allow you to enter your information and print out a completed document to bring to the clerk’s office in your jurisdiction. The OCI does not record or save any of the information inputted into the form.
  • Where can I find books for children and young adults about domestic violence?
    • Below is a list of helpful books on domestic violence, especially for children and young adults. Your local library may have them and others.
    • For Children
      • Something is Wrong at My House, by Diane Davis; Parenting Press. (2010)
      • Mommy's Black Eye, by William George Bentrim; CreateSpace. (2009)
      • Squeaky Speaks, A Coloring & Activity Book for Children Surviving Domestic Violence, by Dr. Doris Forte'; Book Cause Publishing. (2008)
      • Living with My Family: A Growth and Recovery Workbook for Children, by Wendy Deaton, M.A. and Kendall Johnson, Ph D.; Hunter House Inc. (2002)
      • The Words Hurt, by Chris Loftis; New Horizon Press. (1997)
      • A Safe Place, by Maxine Trotter; Albert Whitman and Co. (1997)
      • Clover’s Secret, by Christine Winn and David Walsh, Ph. D;. Fairview Press. (1996)
      • A Family That Fights, by Sharon Bernstein; Albert Whitman and Co. (1991)
      • I Wish the Hitting Would Stop, by Susan Patterson, M.S.; Red Flag Green Flag Resources. (1990)
      • I Love My Dad But . . ., by Leslie Wright; Is Five Press. (1986)
    • For Teens
      • In Love and In Danger: A Teens Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships, by Barrie Levy; Seattle, WA: Seal Press. (2006)
      • Making the Peace, by Paul Kivel and Allan Creighton; Hunter House. (2002)
      • Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger, by Barrie Levy; Seal Press. (1998)
    • For Parents
      • Keeping Kids Safe, by Kenneth Shore; Prentice Hall Press. (2001)
      • Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Violence, by Dominic Cappello; Hyperion Press. (2000)

Disclaimer: The list above is provided for informational purposes only. The Office of Court Improvement and Florida Supreme Court do not endorse any of the publications listed.