Restraining orders are issued by a judge and are intended to protect those who fear for their own safety. Essentially, a restraining order prohibits an individual from an action that is likely to cause harm; usually, a restraining order prevents any contact or communication between two or more people.
A restraining order differs from an injunction in that it can be granted immediately, without a hearing and without any notice to the opposing party. Restraining orders are temporary; they are intended to last only until a hearing can take place. If a restraining order is violated, call 9-1-1 and report the situation. The violating party can be arrested immediately and taken into custody.
To obtain a restraining order, go to the Walton County Courthouse at 571 US Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., during regular business hours. A person who refuses to follow a judge’s order can be put in jail. If the abuser disobeys the judges order, contact the sheriff’s department and show them the certified copy of the restraining order. In some cases the officer will arrest the abuser. Also, you can ask the judge to hold the abuser responsible for not following the judges order.