As defined in Chapter 741, Florida Statutes, domestic violence means one of the following resulting in physical injury or death to any family or household member by another who is, or was, residing in the same single dwelling unit:
Family or household member means:
Any family or household member who is the victim of any act of domestic violence, or who has reasonable cause to believe (s)he is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence, may file a sworn petition with the Clerk & Comptroller for an injunction for protection. A person’s right to petition for protection shall not be affected by the fact the victim left a residence or household to avoid a domestic violence act.
Sunrise Domestic Violence Center (Dade City, New Port Richey) may be reached at (352) 521-3120. In New Port Richey, the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Center may be called at (727) 856-5797. Both are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.