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Title: Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center (SPARC) History and Documents
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Title: Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center (SPARC) History and Documents
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Cover
    Program goal and description
        Page 1
    Program description, continued
        Page 2
    Community collaboration
        Page 3
    Restraining order volunteer assistant
        Page 4
    Program limitations
        Page 5
    Staff placement and qualifications
        Page 6
    Program schedule
        Page 7
    Volunteer schedule and staff supervision
        Page 8
    Training requirements
        Page 9
    Operational procedures
        Page 10
    Injunction for protection against domestic violence
        Page 11
    Petition for injunction against repeat offenders
        Page 12
    Injunction safety plans
        Page 13
    Flow chart
        Page 14
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.

Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083

,unity Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


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SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


RESTRAINING ORDER ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM (R.O.A.P.)


GOAL:


To develop a system of assistance for individuals who
petition the court for temporary and permanent restraining
orders, specific to domestic violence.


To integrate the advocacy, the service of the clerk of the
court, the judicial system and law enforcement, so that the
petitioner and the respondent are familiar with the process
of obtaining and receiving a protective injunction and
services available.

Through the coordination of the systems, reduce the risk of
repeat violence and possible death for victims of domestic
violence.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM

In the years SPARC has been involved with victims of domestic violence, it
is noted that the most prevalent contact these victims have with the Court,
is in civil Court via the protective injunction or repeat injunction. With
the revision of the domestic violence law in 1991 and the -24 hour
availability of protective injunctions, there is a realization that this is one
of the ways to help keep a victim safe. After temporary orders are
written, often victims do not show up at the time of the permanent hearing
or they do show up at court and request a drop of the order. The Court
has often felt, that if more counseling, information and support were
available for these victims, everyone would be better served.

Advocate groups in this circuit have convened to develop a model of
collaboration to provide counselors/advocates, on the days of scheduled
hearings for protective injunctions, to assist and advise the petitioners of
the process. SPARC, the Victim Advocate Office of UPD, Rape and
Crime Victim Advocate Program and Victim Advocate from the State
Attorney's office, will coordinate in developing this program.















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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


0 ,nunity Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602-5099


Many victims wish to obtain an injunction for protection which can be
obtained through the Clerk of the Court, at no cost to indigent victims.
In addition, many victims are overwhelmed by the courts and it's legal
terms and they require the assistance of the Clerk's office to complete the
paperwork.

Volunteers will be available in the courthouse on the day of the protective
injunction hearings to provide additional counseling and assistance to
petitioners as they arrive for their hearing. The R.O.V.A. volunteers will
remain after the hearing to.advise and provide information that the victim
might need.

Ultimately, the volunteers will be available to assist victims in
understanding the Court process, assist in preparing the paperwork and
giving information as to the Court's decision on the requested injunction.
SPARC, the Victim Advocate Office of UPD, Alachua County Rape and
Crime Victim Advocate Program and the Victim Advocate Program at the
State Attorney's office will coordinate and develop this assistance
program.

The staff, both paid and volunteer, will be available to assist victims in
understanding the Court process, assist in preparing the paperwork and
giving information as to the Court's decision on the requested injunction.
Once protective injunctions are applied for, the victim will often request a
dismissal of the request or even not show up at the courthouse. Dismissal
or no shows often waste the Court's time and money, unnecessarily. The
counselor position will be available in the courthouse, on the day of the
protective injunction hearings, to counsel and assist victims as they arrive
for their hearing and remain after the hearing, to advise and provide any
information that the victim might need.













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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhO.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


nunity Education
efessional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


COORDINATION/COLLABORATION
OF THE
INVOLVED ENTITIES


CLERK OF THE
COURT


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LAW
ENFORCEMENT


R.O.V.A.


The Clerk's office will need to advise the petitioner of
the availability of the R.O.A.P. office and if she/he
wishes help, to arrive one hour prior to the Court
hearing time. (ie. 1:00)

Develop a written policy and procedures manual, for
the Clerk's office, to ensure consistent appropriate
response, to victims of domestic violence.

After the hearing, at the signing of the injunction, the
Clerk can advise the petitioner and the respondent
that the R.O.A.P. office is open, should they need
further information.

In issuing the order, the Judges need to be sure that
the terms of injunctions be made clear and specific.

Be aware of the safety issues involved in some of these
cases and establish safe waiting areas and escorts if
needed.

The Restraining Order Volunteer Assistant
(R.O.V.A.) will provide assistance to petitioners at
their permanent injunction hearing.


TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE WOULD SUGGEST SOME JOINT
CROSS-TRAINING OF EACH OF THE DISCIPLINES INVOLVED, TO
MAKE CLEAR, WHAT EACH COMPONENT'S ROLE AND
RESPONSIBILITIES ARE.


















EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter. PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


COrnunity Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


RESTRAINING ORDER VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT (R.O.V.A.)

WILL conduct restraining order briefings, under the supervision of staff
from SPARC, the State Attorney Victim Advocate Program, University
Advocate Program and the Rape Victim Advocate Program.

WILL be trained by SPARC staff.


CLERK OF THE COURT

WILL need to refer all victims of domestic violence to report one (1-) hour
prior to restraining order hearings, to the briefing session.

THE BRIEFING

WILL consist of providing the petitioner with

1. The court process for obtaining civil and criminal relief.

2. What may happen before the judge in the courtroom.

3. What to do if the respondent violates the order

4. Information and referrals for services for victims and their
children.

5. The answers to questions and provide support.

6. Petitioner and the respondent will be briefed on the
particulars of the permanent order.


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter. PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


Community Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


LIMITATIONS OF THE PROGRAM


The R.O.A.P. program is staffed by volunteers, who have been trained
both in the dynamics of domestic violence and the procedures, required by
the Clerk of the Courts. In training, a particular emphasis is placed on
crisis intervention counseling, the provision of relevant information and
referrals to the clients.

The R.O.A.P. program volunteer staff, however, cannot give legal advise
or assistance. Likewise, volunteers cannot provide mental health
counseling or therapy, although they may provide crisis intervention.
Although staff and volunteers may discuss security issues of clients, they
are not able to actually provide protections or policing/enforcement to
clients.


RESTRAINING ORDER VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT (R.O.V.A.)

* Explain the procedure to petitioners, for obtaining a Temporary
and Permanent Injunction.

* Assist petitioners with intake process, for obtaining an Ex Parte
Temporary Injunction, for Petitioners Against Domestic/Repeat
Violence.

* Provide petitioners with safety tips.

* Advise petitioners of available support groups in community.

* Provide petitioners with information, as to emergency phone
numbers and community services.














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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


immunityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


* Advise petitioners, on how to file contempt for violation uf
Injunction, when necessary.

* Advise petitioners of steps necessary for filing a case with the Child
Support Enforcement Division of the State Attorney's Office, for
non-payment of child support, by respondent.

* Direct all problems/questions raised to staff person coordinating
office or to SPARC hotline.


PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P. 1


PURPOSE:


To Define Staff Placement and Qualifications and Identify
Supervisors of Staff.


Program duties are performed by trained volunteers, who work
independently. Volunteers are place in the program, after receiving a
minimum of six (6) hours of classroom instruction. Ten (10) hours of on
site training, in domestic violence program and four (4) liours of
instruction, specific to R.O.A.P. Prospective volunteers shall be
interviewed prior to placement and screened for suitability, with reference
to working in such a setting.

Volunteers shall receive a title of R.O.V.A. and will be directly supervised
by staff from SPARC, the Rape Victim Advocate Program, State Attorney
Victim Advocate Program and University Police Victim Advocate Program
on a rotating basis.




















EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
104-377-1083


Community Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


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SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P. 2


PURPOSE: The Schedule of the Program

* A calendar of expected coverage will be prepared monthly by the
R.O.A.P. Coordinator from SPARC and provided to the Clerk's
office at the beginning of each month.

When the R.O.A.P. Coordinator arrives at the courthouse for a
shift, she/he will notify the Clerk, that coverage has begun and get
a docket for the day's session.

* When a R.O.V.A.'Volunteer arrives she/he will check in with the
Court Administrator's office, to determine the location of the
counseling office.

* A sign will be posted at the elevator entrance on the first floor and
the floor that the R.O.V.A. volunteer will be utilizing for that
session.

* R.O.V.A. Volunteers will sign in and out, in the volunteer log.

* When court is in session, and the R.O.V.A. volunteer is needed in
court with the clients and there are no additional volunteers to
cover the office, a sign will be posted on the door.



















EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter. PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


communityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P. 3


PURPOSE: To Identify the Times During Which, the R.O.A.P. Program
Will Be In Operation and Define the Scheduling of The
Volunteer Staff.

The R.O.A.P. program will start one hour prior to the beginning of court,
except for legal holidays.

Volunteer staff shall pre-commit to a monthly schedule and are required to
notify the R.O.A.P. Coordinator, if a shift cannot be covered. The
volunteer is expected to contact other volunteer staff members, in an
attempt to enlist a substitute for coverage of that shift.


PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P. 4


PURPOSE:


To Describe The Manner of Supervision of The R.O.A.P.
Staff.


Direct supervision of the R.O.A.P. staff, shall be provided by SPARC
Volunteer Program. The supervision of R.O.A.P. volunteers will occur in
the following manner:

1. Group supervision sessions shall be schedule and volunteers
required to attend.
2. In the event a volunteer cannot attend the supervisory meeting,
she/he must schedule an individual supervision session.



















EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


communityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P. 5


PURPOSE:


To Describe The Training Requirements and Procedures For
R.O.A.P.


Volunteer staff of the R.O.A.P. will receive training through SPARC'S
Volunteer Program. All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Training
Program, provided by SPARC and have been involved in the SPARC
program, prior to becoming a R.O.A.P. volunteer. Each volunteer is
evaluated, based on their working knowledge of domestic violence
dynamics, skills in working in a personal intervention capacity and skills
in working in the legal process or court system.

Volunteers with R.O.A.P. will complete a four (4) hours training prior to
beginning work in the court, which includes court observation.


Anyone wishing to work with the R.O.A.P. shall complete a volunteer
application and participate in an interview. The purpose of the interview
is to allow staff to learn information, which will assist in- determining the
suitability for placement in the courthouse setting.

Unless an applicant can provide documentation or examples of proficiency
in one of the three required ares, she/he shall be referred to the next
scheduled R.O.A.P. training class.

All training exemptions must be approved by the Executive Director.


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


nmunity Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


PROGRAM OPERATION PROCEDURE: R.O.A.P.

On Court Days:

1. The Program Coordinator will stop in at the Clerk's office and
notify them, that you are here and pick up a docket.

2. The Program Coordinator will stop at the Court Administrator's
office to determine where the program will be convening that day.

3. The volunteer will go to room assigned to the program for that day.

4. The volunteer will sign in on the log sheet.

5. The volunteer will assemble all papers, including client sheets.

6. The volunteer will wait for a client.


S7.


When court starts at, if the volunteer has seen clients that they feel
is in need of support in court, the volunteer may go to the
courtroom and sit with them.

When the client requiring assistance is finished, escort her back to
the office and explain to her what the judge issued for her
injunction.


9. Either return to court, if no one else is assisting in court, or stay in
the office to meet people after their court appearance.


When it is time for you to leave, sign out.


11. If you are the last one to leave, secure the room as necessary and
depart.

12. Be sure to check the calendar for your next scheduled work time.















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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter. PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


immunityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602-5099


INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE occurs when one member or former member of
a household commits or threatens to commit a battery (an offensive or
harmful physical contact), upon another member or former member of
that household. "Members" of a household, include a spouse, former
spouse, unmarried couples, couples with a child in common, whether or
not they ever married or lived together and relatives by blood or
marriage.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE itself is a crime. But criminal action against an
abuser is not the only help available. Victims can protect themselves with
a civil court restraining order, called an Injunction for Protection (IFP),
even if no law enforcement report is made.

TO START A PETITION FOR AN IFP, go to the Circuit Court Clerk's
office at your local courthouse or by calling the following:

* CLERK OF THE COURT ALACHUA (374-3636), BRADFORD (964-
6280), UNION (496-3711) AND PUTNAM (329-0361)

* VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM ALACHUA (338-3221), BRADFORD
(964-6280), UNION (496-2832), PUTNAM (1-800-826-1437)

* THREE RIVERS LEGAL SERVICES (372-0519)

* SPARC HOTLINE (904) 377-8255 OR 1-800-393-SAFE















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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter. PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


communityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602-5099


When filing a petition for an IFP, you (the petitioner) must provide a
physical description of the abuser, an address where the abuser lives or
works and you must write what the abuser said or did that threatened or
harmed you. In most counties, a filing fee is charged. If you do not have
the fee amount, payment can be requested to be waived.

If your petition is granted, a Temporary Injunction order (valid for 30
days) will be served, telling the abuser to stay away and not interfere with
or harm you. A hearing time will be scheduled and written on the order.
As the petitioner, you must appear in person, to speak with the judge, to
see whether the Temporary Injunction should be extended. If the abuser
needs counseling for alcohol or drug abuse, domestic violence or other
types of counseling, ask the judge for help in getting it.

If the respondent violates the injunction order, call 911 for emergency help
or file a Petition for an Order to Show Cause at the courthouse. A
hearing will be scheduled and a judge will consider whether the
respondent needs to be further restrained by order or punished by
incarceration.



PETITION FOR INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST
REPEAT OFFENDERS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Repeat violence occurs when one person involved in a relationship,
experiences violence from the other person in the relationship. "Violence"
means any assault, battery or sexual battery by a person against any other
person. "Repeat Violence" means two incidents of violence committed by
the respondent, one of which must have been within six (6) months of the
filing of the petition and directed against the petitioner or the petitioner's
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary E. Nutter, PhD.


Programs Offered
Hotline
904-377-TALK
1-800-393-SAFE


Shelter


Support Groups
904-377-1083


communityy Education
Professional Training


Administration
904-377-5690

FAX
Available 24 hours
904-378-9033


P.O. BOX 5099


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SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
RESOURCE CENTER

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602-5099


INJUNCTION SAFETY PLANS


1. Has he ever used or threatened to use a
weapon against you?


2. Has he been violent of threatened to be violent
in front of other people?


3. Has he ever threatened to kill you himself?


4. Will he respond violently to being served
injunction papers?


5. Do you need help getting safely to and from
court?






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