The law offers protection for victims of acts of violence. Victims have the right to petition that an injunction be filed against the person inflicting the violence. An injunction orders a person to do specific things or to stop doing specific things.
The Clerk's Office is authorized by law to provide clerical assistance for preparing
and filing a petition for an injunction.
Assistance will be provided in filing the necessary paperwork.
After the paperwork has been completed, it will be submitted to a Judge to review. If it is determined that you are in danger of being victimized, a temporary injunction order will be signed. This order can be obtained on the same day without an appearance before the judge. The temporary injunction is valid until the hearing date.
If your petition is granted the Judge will sign an Order Granting The Temporary Injunction For Protection. That order will state the date and time that you must appear for the final hearing. Both parties are required to appear. At the hearing the judge will determine if a permanent injunction is good indefinitely, or until dissolved by the court.
Any violations of the injunction should be reported to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department immediately.
Other Numbers that could be of assistance:
DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER, INC.
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT