Clerk and Comptroller Supports Domestic Violence Survivors Everyday
Sarasota Clerk and Comptroller Supports Domestic Violence Survivors Everyday
SARASOTA, FL — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that does not discriminate. It occurs regardless of ethnicity, age, religion, culture, gender, or socioeconomic status.
The Sarasota Clerk and Comptroller can provide guidance for obtaining an order of protection (restraining order), asking the court to issue an injunction to protect you against domestic, repeat, dating, or sexual violence, and stalking or cyberstalking. The injunction process, a civil court process, is different than a criminal "no-contact" order -- it is a court order against another person who has been physically violent with you, or has placed you in fear of violence. Injunctions can order the other person to stay away from your home, your car, your place of employment, and can include not contacting you by phone, in writing, or by email.
IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN SARASOTA COUNTY
In the past fiscal year (October 1, 2017 through September 20, 2018) 1,162 injunctions for protection were filed at the Clerk's office. Of those, 621 were for domestic violence, 312 were for stalking, and 128 were for repeat violence.
There are many untold crimes in our communities. Many survivors are not reporting their abusers, or receiving services, because they are afraid. Or ashamed. Or being prevented from doing so. For this reason, we may never know the true extent of abuse in our county.
For assistance, come to or contact one of these Clerk and Comptroller locations:
- Sarasota Historic Courthouse, 2000 Main Street; M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Venice R. L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail; M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- After Hours: To file outside of normal business hours, on a holiday or weekend, contact the Sheriff's Office at (941) 861-5800 or bring your petition to the Sarasota County Main Jail at 2020 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237. Sheriff's staff will work with pre-trial services to present your petition to the first appearance judge.
- Visit SarasotaClerk.com for more information about filing an injunction, and local domestic violence resources.
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