The Clerk’s Office will not determine filing eligibility; however, the judge reviewing the petition will take these guidelines into consideration. Dating violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.The existence of such a relationship will be determined based on consideration of the following factors: (1) A dating relationship must have existed within the past 6 months; (2) The nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties; and (3) The frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.

Any spouse or former spouse; person related by blood or marriage; person who is or was residing within a single dwelling unit as if a family; or person who has a child in common with the respondent, regardless of whether the person and respondent are or were married or residing together as if a family.

Please note that this is a summary of the statutory definition of who may file.

The Clerk’s Office will not determine filing eligibility; however, the judge reviewing the petition will take these guidelines into consideration. Repeat violence means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have occurred within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner’s family.

Who may file a repeat violence injunction: Any person who is the victim of repeat violence or the parent or legal guardian of any minor child who is living at home and who seeks an injunction for protection against repeat violence on behalf of the minor child.

The Clerk’s Office will not determine filing eligibility; however, the judge reviewing the petition will take these guidelines into consideration. Sexual violence means any one incident of: (1) Sexual battery as defined in Chapter 794, Florida Statutes; (2) A lewd or lascivious act as defined in Chapter 800, F.

S., committed in the presence of a person younger than 16 years of age; (3) Luring or enticing a child as described in Chapter 787, F.

S.; (4) Sexual performance by a child as described in Chapter 827, F.

Definition of violence: Any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death by a person against another person. Domestic violence means an assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Definition of family or household member: Family or household member means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married.

With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in a single dwelling unit.

Who may file a domestic violence injunction: Any person who is a member of a family or household that is the victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence.