Each year, 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 of Court to assist those facing domestic violence issues. Clerks provide guidance and help process applications for these cases year-round at no cost to the filer.
In 2022, Clerks throughout the state 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, know the important steps you can take:
- 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 1-800-500-1119 for support, advocacy and assistance finding shelter.
In Clay County, you’ll notice three ways our staff shows their support for domestic violence victims. All month we have a large purple awareness ribbon at the entrance of the courthouse and partner with Quigley House (local DV shelter and service center) on their display inside the main courthouse lobby. Them thirdly, on October 19th, you’ll see our dozens of clerks dressed n purple as a show of support, too.