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Florida’s clerks recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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In 2022, Florida's clerks processed 80,319 applications for protective injunctions that help those impacted by domestic violence and other vulnerable populations

Florida Clerks of CourtEach year, Florida’s Clerks of Court help tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals suffering from harmful or threatening interactions apply for protective injunctions.

In observance of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) is recognizing survivors of domestic violence and highlighting services provided by clerks to assist those facing domestic violence issues.

“One of the most heartbreaking parts of our jobs as clerks is seeing individuals and families come to us for help with protective injunctions due to domestic violence,” said FCCC President Barry Baker, the Suwannee County clerk. “If you or anyone you know needs assistance with a domestic violence injunction or restraining order, we encourage you to please contact your local clerk’s office for assistance. We provide guidance and help process applications for these cases year-round at no cost to the filer.”

In 2022, Florida’s clerks processed 80,319 applications for protective injunctions that help those impacted by domestic violence and other vulnerable populations.

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing domestic violence, the clerks recommend the following steps:

  • If you are in immediate danger, always call 9-1-1 for assistance from law enforcement.
  • Contact your local clerk’s office to start the process of filing for an injunction or restraining order.
  • Use the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-500-1119 for support, advocacy, and assistance finding shelter.

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