Injunction for Protection Program
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. (WID) recognizes that taking legal action against an abuser is an important step in keeping survivors safe. Obtaining an attorney, however, can have a huge financial burden. The Injunction for Protection Progam (IFP) at WID eliminates barriers to secure legal protection against an abuser.
IFP Attorneys are Florida Bar-licensed & provide FREE legal representation & legal counsel in restraining order cases for:
- Domestic Violence
- Dating Violence
- Sexual Violence
- Stalking / Harassment / Cyberstalking
Services that are available include the following:
- Meeting with survivors to determine whether filing an injunction is safe and appropriate
- Completing and filing petitions for protection
- Representation at the Temporary and Final Hearing
- Representation at Violation Hearing
- Representation at a hearing to Modify or Extend an Injunction
- Representation at hearing where abuser is attempting to dissolve or dismiss the injunction
IFP legal representation is dependent on the survivor’s eligibility, and an initial conflict check will be completed upon receipt of the referral to ensure there are no legal conflicts of interest before proceeding to client-interview stage.
In addition, the IFP Program will make referrals to other agencies for services not available through the Program.
If you believe a family member might harm you or a family member has harmed you, Women In Distress can help. For more information, please call Women In Distress at (954) 760-9800 or our Crisis Line at (954) 761-1133.
IFP Attorneys abide by the Rules Governing the Florida Bar, Rule 4-5.4: “(d) Exercise of Independent Professional Judgment. A lawyer shall not permit a person who recommends, employs, or pays the lawyer to render legal services for another to direct or regulate the lawyer’s professional judgment in rendering such legal services.” This applies to but is not limited to decisions to accept a client and file a petition, legal arguments and strategies, and evidence presented.