• Family Protection

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    The Florida legal system can help you stop abuse and protect you from violence. Everyone deserves to be safe and live without fear of violence. If you are a victim of violence, or if you have reason to believe you will become a victim, report it to the police and ask Florida Rural Legal Services to help you with an injunction.

  • FRLS’ legal services provide one of the most effective ways to help survivors escape from domestic violence. Our experienced advocates and attorneys provide representation and guidance on issues including orders of protection, parenting plans, divorce, paternity, temporary custody, and more.


    Florida law has different types of injunctions for people who have experienced particular forms of violence, based on various kinds of relationships with their abuser. Florida injunctions include Domestic Violence Injunctions, Dating Violence Injunctions, Repeat Violence Injunctions, Stalking Injunctions, Sexual Violence Injunctions, and Injunction for Protection Against Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.


    Your abuser may monitor your internet use and may be able to view your computer activity. If you have reason to believe that your computer is not secure, you may wish to use a computer in another location to which your abuser does not have access.

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  • Client Story

    When “Mary” (not her real name) finally reached out to for help she was distraught, she had recently obtained an injunction for protection against her husband due to the domestic violence and abuse she had suffered in her marriage. Mary desperately wanted a different life for herself and her two small children but did not know where to begin.

    Mary reached out to Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) because she knew that she had to end the abuse once and for all. She needed to divorce her husband but could not afford an attorney.

    A FRLS attorney represented Mary in the divorce proceedings where she obtained child support, exclusive use and possession of the marital home, a safe parenting plan for her children, and most importantly a new beginning to live a life free from violence and control.

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