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Domestic Violence Laws & Rules

Laws and Requirements

Legal Clearinghouse Project

The Legal Clearinghouse Project began in 1997 as a pilot program, the first in the country, to provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence at final hearings for civil Injunctions for Protection Against Domestic Violence, and to provide legal advice and consultation to victims. DVP subcontracts with legal services and legal aid providers (Clearinghouse Attorneys), who accept client referrals from Florida's certified domestic violence centers and other agencies throughout the state. The project has since expanded to include providing representation to victims of domestic dating, and sexual violence and stalking in civil injunction proceedings, as well as in housing, public benefits and credit repair matters. DVP also provides training and technical assistance to its Clearinghouse Attorneys.

Domestic Violence Legal Hotline

1-800-500-1119, ext. 3. Out of Florida callers dial 1-850-385-0611. Florida Relay 711

DCF DVP contracts with Florida Legal Services, Inc. to operate the Domestic Violence Legal Hotline to provide free legal advice and referrals to victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence and stalking regarding injunctions for protection, family law, housing, immigration and other civil legal matters. Non-English speaking hotline callers have access to language interpreters.

Legal Hotline Fotonovela

With funding from the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, DCF DVP, in collaboration with Florida Legal Services, Inc. and the Rural Women's Health Project, developed a fotonovela for Spanish-speaking members of rural immigrant and farmworker communities that provides information about the Legal Hotline Services.