During a Domestic Violence Protection Act Court Case

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In California, the person who is asking for protection, and the person who is being accused of abuse, will start their court case at different points. Each has his or her own set of forms to file and serve.

In this section you will learn more about:

You can also go to the section that will give you information about:


NOTE:  Once a Restraining Order is issued, it is up to the protected person to tell law enforcement and/or the court if the order is not being followed. The court does not start domestic violence cases on its
own, and does not follow up with the case after a Restraining Order has
been issued.

At any time, you can:

  • Read answers for Frequently Asked Questions about domestic violence.
  • Read some general information about How Courts Work, click here. Opens new
  • Watch some videos with general information about how California's court system works, click here. Opens new
  • Watch some short videos with information on "Paperwork Basics" (forms), "Service of Process" and "Tips on Going to Court", click here. Opens new window


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