Hillsborough County

11256 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL 33569

Pasco County

2236 Ashley Oaks Circle, Ste. 102 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Main Phone

(813) 850-0025

You Have Reached the Family Law Offices of Summerfield Law, Riverview & Wesley Chapel, FL

Breaking Free: The Power of Restraining Orders

Breaking Free: The Power of Restraining Orders

Breaking Free: The Power of Restraining Orders

Domestic violence encompasses a wide range of abusive behaviors within intimate relationships, including physical assault, sexual abuse, emotional manipulation, and financial control. Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are legal instruments that prohibit the abuser from contacting, harassing, or approaching the victim, providing a crucial safeguard against further harm. By understanding your rights and taking decisive action, you can break free from the cycle of violence and reclaim control over your life.

Benefits of Obtaining a Restraining OrderBreaking Free: The Power of Restraining Orders

Increased Safety and Protection

The following is a DRAMATIZATION AND IS NOT AN ACTUAL EVENT: After years of enduring physical and emotional abuse from her partner, Sarah finally mustered the courage to seek help. By obtaining a restraining order, she not only created a legal barrier against her abuser but also gained a sense of safety and control over her life. This newfound protection allowed Sarah to focus on her healing and rebuilding her life without constant fear.

Legal Consequences for the Abuser

Violating a restraining order is a criminal offense that can result in serious legal consequences for the abuser, including fines, imprisonment, and further restrictions. This legal accountability not only serves as a deterrent but also provides victims with a sense of justice and empowerment.

Access to Support Resources

The process of obtaining a restraining order often connects victims with valuable support resources, such as counseling services, safe housing options, and victim advocacy programs. These resources can aid in the healing process and provide the necessary tools to rebuild a life free from abuse.

The Effect of Domestic Violence on Children

Children exposed to domestic violence are profoundly impacted, facing increased risks of emotional, psychological, and physical harm. Witnessing such violence can lead to developmental issues, anxiety, depression, and difficulties in school and relationships. It’s crucial for adults to recognize the deep and lasting effects domestic violence can have on children. Always considering the well-being of children in these situations is paramount; they need a safe and supportive environment to heal and thrive. Protecting children from exposure to domestic violence and ensuring their safety should always be a top priority.

In cases of domestic violence, custody decisions prioritize the safety and well-being of children, often leading to supervised visitation or limited access for the abusive parent to protect the child’s interests.

The Process of Obtaining a Restraining Order

The process of obtaining a restraining order typically involves the following steps:

  • Filing a Petition: The first step is to file a petition with the court, detailing the circumstances of the abuse and the need for protection.
  • Gathering Evidence: Victims will need to provide evidence to support their claims, such as police reports, medical records, witness statements, or documented threats.
  • Court Hearing: A hearing will be scheduled, during which both parties can present their cases before a judge.
  • Issuance of the Order: If granted, the court will issue a restraining order that outlines the specific restrictions and requirements for the abuser.

It is crucial to act promptly and follow the proper legal procedures to ensure the effectiveness of the restraining order.

Advantages of Working with a Family Law Attorney

While it is possible to navigate the restraining order process independently, working with an experienced family law attorney can provide numerous advantages:

  • Legal Expertise: Attorneys specializing in domestic violence cases have in-depth knowledge of the laws and legal procedures, ensuring your rights are protected.
  • Guidance and Support: The legal process can be complex and emotionally taxing. An attorney can guide you through each step, offering support and advocacy.
  • Effective Representation: A skilled attorney can help build a strong case, present compelling evidence, and advocate for your protection in court.
  • Access to Resources: Family law attorneys can connect you with a network of support services, including counseling, safe housing, and victim advocacy programs.

With the right legal representation, you can navigate the process with confidence and increase your chances of obtaining the necessary protection.


Domestic violence is a devastating and life-altering experience, but you have the power to take back control through the legal protection offered by restraining orders. By understanding your rights and seeking the assistance of a skilled family law attorney, you can navigate the legal process with confidence, prioritize your safety, and pave the way for a future free from abuse.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty hold you back any longer. Contact us today and take the first step towards a life of safety, healing, and freedom. Together, we can break the cycle of domestic violence and create a brighter future for you and your loved ones.

FAQsBreaking Free: The Power of Restraining Orders

1. How long does a restraining order typically last?

The duration of a restraining order can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the laws of your state. Some orders may be temporary or emergency orders that last for a few weeks, while others can be issued for longer periods, ranging from several months to several years. In some cases, permanent restraining orders may be granted in situations of severe abuse or ongoing threats.

2. Can a restraining order be modified or terminated?

Yes, in certain circumstances, a restraining order can be modified or terminated. If there is a significant change in circumstances or if the order is no longer necessary, either party can petition the court to modify or terminate the order. However, this process typically requires providing evidence and following proper legal procedures with the assistance of an attorney.

3. What happens if the abuser violates the restraining order?

Violating a restraining order is a criminal offense that can result in serious legal consequences for the abuser. If the abuser contacts, harasses, or approaches the victim in violation of the order, they may face fines, imprisonment, or additional criminal charges. It is crucial to report any violations immediately to the appropriate authorities and seek legal assistance to ensure your protection.

Break Free from Domestic Violence with Unwavering Legal Support

At Summerfield Law, we understand the courage it takes to break free from the cycle of domestic violence. Our team of compassionate and experienced family law attorneys is here to provide the unwavering legal support and advocacy you deserve.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards a life of safety, healing, and freedom by contacting our office today at

Please contact us at our Riverview Office at (813) 850-0025 or our Wesley Chapel office at (352) 514-6865 or visit our website at Our attorneys will listen to your story with empathy and provide tailored legal guidance to help you navigate the process of obtaining a restraining order or exploring other protective measures.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. With the right legal representation and support, you can reclaim control over your life and pave the way for a brighter future. Contact us now, and let us be your unwavering allies in the fight against domestic violence.

Share This :
Close Popup

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Close Popup

Make an Appointment