Safe Place

The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. All of SPARCC's services are free and confidential, such as assistance with filing for injunctions, a shelter operating 24 hours per day/365 days per year, court advocacy, children's services, and more. SPARCC also provides safety planning, crisis counseling and emergency shelter for victims, and their families.

The SPARCC VICTIM HOTLINE ( 941) 365-1976 or toll free (877) 365-1976 (DeSoto) is answered 24 hours per day to provide immediate response to the needs of callers. Go to SPARCC on the web at www.SPARCC.net for more information about programs and services. SPARCC has multiple locations in Sarasota and DeSoto to serve victims of domestic violence or sexual assault:

Sarasota Outreach and Administration Center
2139 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
HOTLINE (941) 365-1976
Administrative Line (941) 365-0208

Venice Outreach Office (by appointment only)
1531 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 702-A
Venice, FL 34285
HOTLINE (941) 365-1976
Administrative Line (941) 492-3752

North Port Outreach Office (by appointment only)
6919 Outreach Way, B103
North Port, FL 34287
HOTLINE (941) 365-1976
Administrative Line (941) 429-3720

Arcadia Outreach Office
107 West Oak Street, Suite 202
Arcadia, FL 34266
Toll Free HOTLINE (877) 365-1976
Administrative Line (863) 494-4948

Restraining Order for Sexual Violence

If you are a victim of sexual violence or the parent or legal guardian of a minor child who is living at home and is the victim of sexual violence, you can ask the Court for a protective order prohibiting sexual violence. Sexual violence means any one incident of:

  • Sexual battery, as defined in chapter 794, Florida Statutes;
  • Lewd or lascivious act, as defined in chapter 800, Florida Statutes, committed upon or in the presence of a person younger than 16 years of age;
  • Luring or enticing a child, as described in chapter 787, Florida Statutes;
  • Sexual performance by a child, as described in chapter 827, Florida Statutes; or
  • Any other forcible felony wherein a sexual act is committed or attempted

In order to get an injunction you must have reported the sexual violence to a law enforcement agency and be cooperating in the criminal proceeding, if there is one. It does not matter whether criminal charges based on the sexual violence have been filed, reduced, or dismissed by the State Attorney's office. You may also seek an injunction for protection against sexual violence crimes listed above against you or a minor child living at home and respondent is out of prison or is getting out of prison within 90 days of your petition. Attach the Notice of Inmate Release to your petition.

Because you are making a request to the Court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the Court to protect your from is called the respondent. If you are seeking an injunction for protection against sexual violence on behalf of a minor child who is living at home, the parent or legal guardian must have been an eye-witness to, or have direct physical evidence or affidavits from eye-witnesses of, the specific facts and circumstances that form the basis of the petition. If you are under the age of eighteen and have never been married or had the disabilities of nonage removed by a Court, one of your parents or your legal guardian must sign this petition on your behalf.

There is no filing fee.

Documents to be filed when applying for a restraining order for repeat violence are as follows:

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