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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 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 (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 Pak Street, Suite 202
Arcadia, FL 34266
Toll Free HOTLINE (877) 365-1976
Administrative Line (863) 494-4948

Restraining Order for Stalking

If you are a victim of stalking, you can ask the Court for a protective order prohibiting stalking. Stalking means the repeated following, harassment, or cyberstalking of one person by another. Cyberstalk means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

Because you are making a request to the Court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the Court to protect you from is called the respondent. If the respondent is your spouse, former spouse, related to you by blood or marriage, living with you now or has lived with you in the past (if you are or were living as a family), or the other parent of your child(ren), whether or not you have ever been married or ever lived together, you may, instead, choose to use the Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, rather than this form.

There is no filing file.

Documents to be filed when applying for an injunction for protection against stalking are as follows:

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