Domestic Violence

According to Florida law, domestic violence means an assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury to any family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit. Any Florida resident who has been victimized by domestic violence or who believes there is an imminent danger of domestic violence (the Petitioner) may apply for a domestic injunction against the person committing the domestic violence (the Respondent).

A domestic injunction, also known as an “order of protection” or a “restraining order”, is a court order that is ordered due to domestic violence. It informs the recipient of the order of all legal restrictions that the Court has ordered against him/her. It also creates legal sanctions if the order is violated. In order to obtain a domestic injunction, the domestic violence must have been between family or household members; the Petitioner must have been the victim of domestic violence or must be in fear of imminent violence; and the sworn petition must allege the existence of domestic violence with supporting facts. Jurisdiction is where the Petitioner currently or temporarily resides, where the Respondent resides, and where the domestic violence occurred.

Domestic violence affects many families and can be difficult to discuss. Domestic violence can end in serious injury or even death and should never be ignored. Having an aggressive attorney is imperative to protect a spouse and children. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A. we have seen the trauma of domestic violence first hand. We can be an advantage to you in stopping the abuse. Remember, domestic violence injunctions can be obtained when there is the threat or fear of imminent abuse even if there is no actual physical violence.

The family law attorneys at Parker & DuFresne, P.A. will assist you in taking steps to protect you and your child(ren) from domestic violence. We will work to build a strong case for you by establishing the history of domestic violence and abuse in your relationship. We can also help you relocate and get medical care if necessary. Our ultimate goal is to prevent further instances of domestic violence from occurring.

Are you defending against a domestic violence injunction? In some instances, an unethical spouse will obtain a false domestic violence injunction for various reasons, including gaining an upper hand in a divorce proceeding. The entry of a domestic violence injunction against you can adversely affect where you live and your visitation with your children. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A. we urge you to seek legal assistance when faced with a domestic violence injunction.

Parker & DuFresne, P.A. serves clients in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties. If you are dealing with domestic violence issues, it is imperative that you be pro-active in seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to do so could negatively impact your ability to achieve a positive resolution to the matter. Protect your legal rights by contacting Parker & DuFresne, P. A. at 904.733.7766 or at to schedule a free and confidential consultation. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., our skilled family law attorneys are ready to represent and protect your interests during domestic violence proceedings.

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