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Benchcards and Quick Reference Guides

Newsletters

Other Publications

Brochures

The Civil Injunction for Protection Brochure for Petitioners

This brochure discusses the types of injunctions available to petitioners, what protection may be available, and what to expect during the injunction process. These brochures have been sent to every courthouse where domestic violence petitions may be filed.

The Civil injunction for Protection Brochure for Respondents

This brochure explains what a temporary injunction means, what the respondent can and cannot do while the temporary injunction is in effect, what to expect at the hearing in court, and what possible restrictions the judge may order if a final injunction is ordered. These brochures have been sent to every courthouse where domestic violence injunction hearings may be held.

 

Checklist for Litigants Seeking an Injunction for Protection (PDF) 2017/06/30

This checklist explains the five different types of civil protective orders avaliable in Florida.

How to Prepare for an Injunction for Protection Court Hearing PDF

This brochure explains how to prepare for a hearing on a petition for an injunction for protection.  It is designed to assist petitioners and respondents.

 

The 2017 Domestic Violence Benchbook

The citations in this benchbook have been abbreviated to improve the flow of the text. A citation to section 741.30, Florida Statutes, appears as § 741.30. All references are to the 2016 Florida Statutes.

 

The 2017 Florida Domestic Violence Benchbook is a comprehensive resource guide for judges who are on the domestic violence bench, or who may be expected to review filed petitions for protection against domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, repeat violence, or stalking. The benchbook provides information on every step of the injunction process, complete with flowcharts and checklists designed to provide at-a-glance illumination of the procedures the judge must follow to comply with Florida law. It also contains a legal civil outline,evidence outline, and criminal domestic violence outline, each complete with case law and statutory authority.  

You can access an unabridged electronic copy of the 2017 Benchbook below:

Domestic Violence Benchbook by Section

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The 2017 Sexual Violence Benchbook

The 2017 Florida Sexual Violence Benchbook is a comprehensive resource guide for judges who are on the criminal bench and anticipate that they will hear cases involving sexual violence. The benchbook provides information on the hearings that courts routinely hold, complete with flowcharts and checklists designed to provide at-a-glance as well as in-depth analysis of the criminal procedures impacted by the nature of the crime. 

You can access an electronic copy of the 2017 Sexual Violence Benchbook below:

 

Benchcards

The Office of Court Improvement (OCI) has produced checklists for the five injunctions for protection against violence; these benchcards are designed to be quick reference guides to the process for each type of injunction, beginning with the petition, and continuing through ordering the final injunction and enforcing it should there be any such issues. These benchcards are distributed with the Florida Domestic Violence Benchbook, but are also distributed separately due to their high demand.

Updated March 2017.

 

Other Related Articles and Guides

Mediation and Domestic Violence Reference Guide - Updated August 2016

The OCI has produced a reference guide to be used by mediators to learn more about the relationship dynamics surrounding domestic violence that can often frustrate the purpose of mediation.  It also provides information on how to proceed with a mediation if domestic violence is suspected.

 

Human Trafficking Overview

  • This document is an overview of the relevant federal and Florida law regarding human trafficking cases, as well as tips for how a judge can recognize these types of cases, steps to follow if a human trafficking victim appears in court, an initial list of remedies available for victims, service needs of victims, and an initial resource list.
  • Human Trafficking (PDF)

 

Newsletters

The OCI produces semi-annual newsletters about topics and events pertaining to current events. These newsletters inform readers of upcoming events, conferences, and projects that may be of interest. Also, each newsletter includes an article of interest. These newsletters are distributed to judges, court staff, and interested stakeholders.

 

Sexual Violence Newsletters

The Sexual Violence Newsletter, Summer 2016

  • Summer 2016 Newsletter PDF

The Sexual Violence Newsletter, January 2016

  • January 2016 Newsletter PDF

This issue includes an article discussing some common myths surrounding sexual violence.  It is an excellent introduction into the sexual violence arena for those who are new to this case type.

 

Domestic Violence Newsletters

The Domestic Violence Review, Spring 2016

  • Spring 2016 Newsletter PDF

The Domestic Violence Review, December 2015

  • December 2015 Newsletter PDF

The Domestic Violence Review, May 2015

This issue includes an article on reasonable efforts in child abuse and neglect cases that involve domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Review, February 2015

This issue includes an article reprinted with permission from the NCJFCJ regarding trauma in the context of domestic violence. 

The Domestic Violence Review, June 2014

This issue discusses teen sexual violence, and attached to the newsletter is a quick reference guide for judges on the subject of teen sexual violence.

The Domestic Violence Review, Winter 2013

This issue discusses batterers' intervention programs, including a success story and an interesting excerpt from Orange County's BIP Monitoring protocol. 

The Domestic Violence Review, June 2013

This issue discusses the topic of domestic violence and trauma-informed care.

 

 

Other Publications

The 2014 Domestic Violence Action Plan

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the OCI conducted a number of outreach programs, connecting with as many domestic violnce stakeholders as possible. The substance of each outreach was the same -- what does the OCI need to work on to stay current with the domestic violence practices around Florida. This action plan is the result of extensive discussions and round tables, and lays out the OCI's goals and plans for future fiscal years.

2014 Action Plan (PDF)

 

Promising Practicing for Enforcing Final Injunctions

In 2012, the OCI conducted a 6-month pilot program to assess methods of enforcing final injunctions. As a result of the pilot, the OCI developed a promising practices guide for enforcing final injunctions. The steps outlined in the guide may assist courts in providing effective enforcement to ensure respondents follow the terms of the final order. This guide is available in PDF format, and as a Powerpoint slideshow.

Additionally, the OCI produced a final report on the pilot program, which details the process used in the pilot program, the results of the program, and future steps to promote the promising practices guide. This report is available in PDF format.

 

Promising Practices for Time Sharing in Domestic Violence Cases

In 2015 the OCI developed a promising practices guide to provide guidance on temporary parenting plans and temporary time-sharing schedules in domestic violence injunction proceedings to enable petitioners to navigate parenting arrangements safely and knowledgably. The guide is available in PDF format. 

 

The Best Practices Model on Child Support in Domestic Violence

The Best Practices Model on Child Support in Domestic Violence provides helpful guidelines for judges facing child support issues in a domestic violence case. The OCI has prepared a training video that helps users understand how to properly access the excel spreadsheet to determine child support. The webinar can be viewed below.

 

 

2012 Case Management Guidelines

The 2012 Case Management Guidelines provides Florida Case Managers with a valuable resource that examines each stage in the domestic violence process and outlines the case management process.

 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (“NCJFCJ”) is a national organization dedicated to providing judges with trainings and publications for subjects such as domestic violence and child dependency. Their Publications page has several additional publications that may provide further information about domestic violence issues.

 

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