Florida law defines dating violence as “violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.” For purposes of a dating violence injunction, violence is defined as “assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death, by a person against any other person.”
No arrest of the assailant is required to pursue an injunction against dating violence. An injunction against dating violence is a civil action and can be pursued even if no arrest has been made.
The consequences of an injunction against dating violence are severe and may include a prohibition against being in the vicinity of or communicating with the person that requested the injunction and a prohibition against the use or possession of firearms. A request for an injunction against dating violence must be taken seriously, even if such a request is lacking in merit.
Requesting or being threatened with an injunction against dating violence is a serious matter. You want an experienced attorney to protect your rights in court and work towards the best possible outcome. The attorneys at the Farr Law Firm have experience on both sides of this type of litigation and can assist you in protecting against dating violence or in defending against false allegations of dating violence. Call us today to schedule a consultation.