Obtaining a Protection Order

Protection Orders are issued by a judge and are intended to protect those who fear for their own safety or that of a dependant child. Essentially, an Injunction for Protection prohibits an individual from any action that is likely to cause harm; usually, an Injunction for Protection prevents any contact or communication between two or more people. As determined by the judge, they may have additional provisions which restrain an abuser from repeat acts of violence; order an abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from coming to your home, school, business, or place of employment; award custody of minor children or order an abuser to pay support. If an Injunction for Protection is violated, call 911 and report the situation. The violating party can be arrested immediately and incarcerated.

To obtain an Injunction for Protection, go to the Sumter County Judicial Building in downtown Bushnell located at 225 E McCollum Ave. Bushnell, FL 33513 during regular business hours. The process takes approximately three hours to complete and it is suggested you arrive early.

If you find yourself in a life-threatening domestic violence situation after 5PM on a weekday or during the weekend and holidays, have no safe shelter, and wish to apply for an emergency domestic violence restraining order immediately, you must contact your local law enforcement agency. The officers will assist you in documenting the incident and contact a representative of the Clerk of the Court to apply for the emergency protection order.

A copy of your protection 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.