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Orders of Protection for Victims

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When domestic violence is threatened or takes place, it can be very serious and quite dangerous. Ask any police officer what the most potentially threatening situation is for them and the chances are that they will respond "a domestic dispute".

The law provides for protection against domestic violence such as:

  • Assault, which is threat of violence but does not involve physical contact
  • Battery, which is an unlawful contact or physical striking
  • Sexual assault and battery
  • Stalking or kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal offenses that result in physical injury or death

Who Can Get an Order of Protection?

Members of a household are defined under Florida Law as spouses, former spouses, individuals that are related by blood or marriage, those who reside or were residing in the same single dwelling unit which includes same-sex relationships. This also relates to those that have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever resided together.

While you do not have to make a police report in order to obtain a protective order it can be advisable. Without a doubt you should immediately consult with a Fort Myers family law attorney for advice and to take the proper legal steps. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we can help you by seeing that your protective order is filed without delay.

Types of Protective Orders

An injunction for protection can call for a number of immediate actions to be taken or for certain other actions to immediately cease. It can order the other party to stop any violence or harassment. The individual can be told to leave a shared residence, to stop contact at any specified locale and also order the offender to intervention or counseling. This injunction can also specify temporary support payments and make custody or visitation arrangements.

There are several types of protective orders:

  • Injunction for protection against domestic violence
  • Injunction against repeat violence
  • Injunction against dating violence
  • Injunction against sexual violence

Don't delay in getting help and protection if domestic violence has taken place or if you fear that it might occur. Contact a Fort Myers Protection Orders Attorney for immediate assistance.

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