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The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida created a specialized Domestic Violence Division, comprised of seven judges and support services to deal exclusively with family violence issues and effectively addressing this type of crime through the justice system. The Domestic Violence Division hears protection (restraining) order cases, violation of injunction cases, and criminal misdemeanor cases involving family violence. The court mandates accountability, punishment and meaningful treatment. Case managers assist the judges with preparation of injunction orders, time-sharing schedules and child support when the parties have minor children in common, specialized court orders and case management. The Division Judges and support personnel are located at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, however some injunction cases are filed at three Branch Court locations. Seven judges in the Branch Court locations hear these cases in addition to their assignments in other divisions.
Domestic Violence Intake UnitDomestic Violence Intake Unit
Operated through the joint efforts of the Clerk of Courts (COC) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Advocacy unit, the Intake Unit is comprised of intake counselors and support staff dedicated to providing efficient and responsive services to the court and the community.
Domestic Violence Criminal CourtDomestic Violence Criminal Court
The goal of the Domestic Violence Court is to prioritize misdemeanor domestic violence and injunction violation cases based on the prevalent risks factors involved.
Domestic Violence Case Management UnitDomestic Violence Case Management Unit
The Domestic Violence Case Management Unit provides immediate assistance, referrals, case assessment, support, and coordination. The unit serves as a liaison between the judiciary, related agencies, and the public.
Domestic Violence UniversityDomestic Violence University
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Domestic Violence University has provided training to various departments within the circuit, enhancing the existing knowledge of the Court, its staff and judicial partners.
Court CareCourt Care
Court Care provides a safe and supervised drop-in childcare facility for children who must be in court in connection with matters involving the children or their parents or guardian.
Related Information
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BulletDomestic Violence Intake Package
BulletCivil Injunction Brochure for Protection Brochure for Petitioners
BulletCivil Injunction for Protection Brochure for Respondents
BulletFlorida Injunctions for Protection, An Overview (Video)
BulletFlorida Injunctions for Protection, the Hearing (Video)
BulletDomestic Violence Petition Forms for Attorneys
Frequently Asked Questions
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Related Pages
BulletClerk of Courts Domestic Violence Intake Unit
BulletFamily Court Services
BulletFamily Court Self Help Project
BulletCustody Investigation Unit
Court Locations
BulletLawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Branch Court Locations
BulletNorth Dade Justice Center
BulletSouth Dade Justice Center
BulletHialeah Courthouse

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