Restraining Orders

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A restraining order protects someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side "served" with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.

A domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) is a civil court order that is signed by a judge and tells the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. This resource provides basic information on domestic violence retraining orders, who can get them, how to get them, and what happens after a hearing.

This resource by the Women's Law organization will assist you in answering the following questions: What is domestic violence? Who does domestic violence happen to? What are the laws against domestic violence and can they help me?

This map is a useful tool for finding domestic violence organizations in your community who are Members of the Partnership.

The court can help protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse by someone you dated, lived with, or are related to.

Tips to prepare and what to do when you're at the court.

There is most likely has an expiration (end) date. If you are still concerned for your safety or want your restraining order to stay in place, you have to "renew" it, which makes it last longer and gives it a new end date.

When to call the police and what can the police do if the abuser violates the restraining order.

This resource will help you understand how the California Court defines domestic violence, restraining orders, where to get help and find other resources.

This resource defines stalking, cyberstalking and online harassment under the law, statistics about who is affected, California and Federal Law on stalking, tips and resources for victims.

You can ask for a firearms restraining order against a close family member if you are afraid they may hurt themselves, or another person, with a gun.

Call (800) 799 - 7233 for Trained advocates are available to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. TTY: (800) 787 - 3224 and Videophone (855) 812 - 11