Domestic violence is understood within Florida law to mean battery, assault, or any other crime in which a person is injured or killed by another member of their household or family. The two parties generally must reside or have resided at the same address.
Domestic Violence FAQs
There are various free services available to those who experience domestic violence in Polk County. You can collect-call the Peace River Domestic Violence Center 24/7, connect with the local DART program, and get a consultation from our lawyers.
A crucial step is to petition the Polk County Clerk of Courts for a restraining order, technically called an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence. This process is free. There are also support programs and hotlines, as well as attorneys.