Clay County Clerk
of the Circuit Court

Domestic Violence Support

Resources

Quigley House is a comprehensive Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center serving the Clay County Area in Northeast Florida. They provide crisis intervention, temporary shelter, protection and counseling. Victim advocates are available at the Clay County Courthouse, and may be reached at 904-284-0061 or 1-800-339-5017.

Definitions

  • “Domestic Violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in a physical injury or death of one of the family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.
  • “Family or household member” means a spouse, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together, as a family, or who have resided together in the past, as a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
  • “Violence” means any assault, battery or sexual battery or stalking by a person against any other person.
  • An “injunction for protection”, also referred to as a restraining order, is a court order which places restrictions on a person who has committed acts of violence against another person as defined in the previous two sections. The Injunction for Protection may include, but is not limited to, provisions which restrain the abuser from further acts of violence; order the abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from coming to your home, school, business, or place of employment; award custody of minor children and order the abuser to pay support.
  • “Repeat Violence” means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner’s immediate family member.
  • “Dating violence” means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
  • “Sexual violence” means persons involved in sexually lewd acts, including any forcible felonies. The sexual violence must have been reported to a law enforcement agency.
  • “Stalking” means a person, who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking.

If you wish to file a Petition for Injunction, you must provide the following:

  • Driver’s license or identification which includes your picture and signature.
  • Specific dates of abuse or threats of abuse.
  • Specific locations where abuse or threats occurred.
  • Full legal name and date of birth of respondent (alleged abuser).

Please provide the following information, if available:

  • Physical description of respondent, including height, weight, scars, etc.
  • Current residential address of respondent, telephone number, social security number, and driver’s license number.
  • Respondent’s employer and employer’s address and phone number.
  • Respondent’s vehicle information including make, model, color, year and tag number.

Petition Information

There is no filing fee for an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking.

If the respondent is outside the State of Florida and service must be affected outside the State of Florida, you must be prepared to supply the Clerk with the following information:

  • Name, address and phone number of Sheriff’s Department having jurisdiction over where respondent may be found.
  • Petitioner will be responsible for payment of any sheriff service fees outside the State of Florida by money order or cashier’s check only.

If you, your child or someone you care about is a victim of abuse, you may apply for a Temporary Injunction for Protection from the Court.

Juvenile Dependency

All records processed through the dependency department are confidential and can only be seen by a parent and/or child with proper picture identification. Court appointed and private attorneys also have access to the court files only if they have filed their notice of appearance in the particular case.

This department processes all dependency actions that are affiliated with the Department of Children and Families, all truancy cases, all CINS/FINS cases (children and families in need of services) and adoption cases where the Termination of Parental Rights is sought through the dependency court.

This department does not give information over the telephone as records processed in this office are confidential and access requires proper identification as described in paragraph one. Anyone wishing specific information regarding a dependency case must come in to the office with proper picture identification.

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