Clerk and Comptroller Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Sarasota Clerk and Comptroller Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month
SARASOTA, FL— Domestic violence is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects thousands of Floridians and millions of individuals across the United States. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It occurs regardless of ethnicity, age, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and your Sarasota County Clerk and Comptroller appreciates this opportunity to remind citizens of the services we provide to those seeking to file an injunction for protection, or restraining order.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were close to 106,000 cases of domestic violence reported in the State of Florida last year. While this statistic is alarming enough, the numbers only continue to increase when factoring in incidents of domestic violence that go unreported.
The Sarasota County Clerk of Court can provide guidance for obtaining an injunction (sometimes referred to as a restraining order), asking the court to issue an injunction to protect you against domestic, repeat, dating, sexual violence and stalking. The injunction process is a civil court process, and 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 physical 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. We recognize this process can be complex, particularly for those who are under enormous stress and fear for their safety.
For assistance, come to or contact one of these locations:
- Clerk of Court - Sarasota: Historic Courthouse, 2000 Main Street; M-F 8:30am to 5pm.
- Clerk of Court - Venice: R. L. Anderson Administration Center 4000 S. Tamiami Trail; M-F 8:30am to 5pm.
- After Hours Filing: To file outside of normal business hours, on a holiday or weekend, contact the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at (941) 861-5800 or go to the Sheriff's Office at 2071 Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, FL 34237 for assistance.