Restraining orders are issued by a judge and are intended to protect those who fear for their own safety. Essentially, a restraining order prohibits an individual from an action that is likely to cause harm; usually, a restraining order prevents any contact or communication between two or more people.
A restraining order differs from an injunction in that in can be granted immediately, without a hearing and without any notice to the opposing party. Restraining orders are temporary; they are intended to last only until a hearing can take place. If a restraining order is violated, call 9-1-1 and report the situation. The violating party can be arrested immediately and taken into custody.
To obtain a restraining order, go to the Flagler County Courthouse in downtown Bunnell at 1769 East Moody Blvd.during regular business hours. The process takes approximately three hours to complete and it's suggested you arrive early.
If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays or during the weekend and have no safe shelter, call the FCSO Communications Division at (386) 437-4116 and ask for an officer. The officer will put you in touch with a victims advocate who will interview you over the phone and advised on what the next steps should be taken.
A copy of your restraining order should always be in your possession. A copy should be on file with the police departments in whose jurisdictions you live and work, and filed with other counties where you regularly spend time.
Let your employer, neighbors, close friends and family know about the restraining order. Ask that they contact the police if they see the other party near you. If a restraining order is violated, call the police immediately.
Protect your children by notifying school administration, teachers, childcare centers, babysitters, and neighbors of the restraining order and requesting that they contact police is they suspect the order is being violated.