Dating violence does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.If you or a member of your immediate family is a victim of sexual violence, you may ask the court for a protective order (injunction) prohibiting further sexual violence.A person can file for a PFA order from the court for themselves or on behalf of their children who are under age eighteen.A PFA order describes certain things the abuser must do or is forbidden to do in regard to a victim, and can include many kinds of protection.Forms are subject to change without further notice by the Courts. A PFA order from a court gives protective "relief" for a victim (and sometimes children) for up to three years.For example, a PFA order can make it illegal for the abuser to contact, harass and abuse the victim and the victim's children.The PFA order can order the abuser to give back keys, papers, toys, clothes and other items.
The respondent must be served with a copy of the petition by the Sheriff of the county where the respondent is located. As defined in the Florida Statutes Chapter 741, "Domestic violence means an 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 to any family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.Injunction packets are provided for your convenience.Please print and complete the appropriate injunction packet to the best of your knowledge, and bring it with you to the Clerk & Comptroller's Office unsigned.Although the PFA Act is a Pennsylvania law, every county has a different process to get a PFA order.
The local domestic violence program has information about the PFA process in each county and the rights of victims of abuse or other crimes.
Sexual violence means any one incident of: If at least one of the two above factors do not exist in your situation, you cannot file for an injunction against sexual violence.