Clerks Continue Processing Domestic Violence Injunctions Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers want Floridians to be aware that protective injunctions, including domestic violence injunctions, or restraining orders, are considered an essential service and remain available to the public. If you need distance from a domestic abuse situation, please do not hesitate to contact your local Clerk to find out how they can best serve you.

“We have all seen the reports that incidents of domestic violence are increasing during this time of quarantine,” said Chris Hart IV, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC). “No matter the circumstance, Floridians can depend on their Clerks to provide an important avenue to protection.”

A sticker on the ground promoting social distancing while waiting in line, recommends 6 feet away

“These are stressful times,” said Stacy M. Butterfield, CPA, Clerk & Comptroller for Polk County and FCCC President. “We are committed to being a valuable resource for our communities and working hard to help alleviate that stress however we can—including continuing to provide protective injunction services.”

Clay County Clerk of Court Tara S. Green agrees and knows our Clerk’s Office staff here in Clay County are assisting at-risk citizens in every way possible. Other protective injunctions and mental health services remain a priority, including protective injunctions for vulnerable adults and risk protection orders. Baker Act and Marchman Act cases are also continuing during this time to provide protections for individuals experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues.

With many Clerks’ offices offering limited services during the current public health crisis, citizens should contact your local Clerk’s office directly to determine the best way to file for an injunction. As always, if you are in immediate danger, call 911.