BROWARD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYER – How to Obtain a Restraining Order

How do I Obtain a Restraining Order for
Domestic / Repeat / Dating / Sexual Violence in Broward County?

For information and procedures on obtaining a Restraining Order in Broward County, call the Family Intake Unit at 954-831-5520 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are located at the Broward County Courthouse, 201 S.E. 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, Room 248.

You may obtain a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in Broward County against a husband, wife, ex-husband, ex-wife, blood relative residing in the same household or any other person you are, or were, residing with as if family. You may also obtain a Restraining Order in Broward County against a person with whom you had a child, whether you are living together or not.

However, for an act of Repeat Violence in Broward, you may file for a Restraining Order against anyone. There must have been two (2) occurrences or acts of physical or sexual abuse, and one (1) occurrence must have been in the last six (6) months. The Domestic Violence Judge may require you to furnish the police reports as filed.


A dating violence restraining order may be filed by individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The dating relationship must have existed within the past 6 months.

A sexual violence restraining order may be filed for any one incident of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious act committed upon or in the presence of a person younger than 16 tears of age, luring or enticing a child, sexual performance by a child or any other forcible felony wherein a sexual act is committed or attempted.

To obtain a Restraining Order for Domestic Violence in Broward County, you must appear in person, in the Domestic Violence Division in Room 248 of the Broward County Courthouse, 201 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bring your photo I.D. and any relevant police reports.

If you have questions regarding a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, are charged with any Domestic Violence related offense such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, stalking, or violation of a restraining order, please contact a Broward Domestic Violence Attorney at Leifert and Leifert for immediate assistance.

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