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CoupleHandling a domestic violence restraining order case can be difficult.  However, you can make it easier by learning something about domestic violence restraining order cases in general, and then taking the court process one step at a time. 

As you go through these materials, you will find that you can:

  • get basic information about how domestic violence restraining order cases work,
  • link to the court forms you need and fill them out online, and
  • get an idea of other resources that may be available to help you.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are different kinds of restraining orders. This section is for people who live together or are in a relationship. If you need protection from someone else (such as a neighbor or friend) you can learn about civil harassment restraining orders by clicking on Judicial Council form CH-130. Opens new window


At this web site you will find information about the topics below:

BEFORE a court case gets started.
It is important for you to learn something about types of restraining orders, how they work, and how to ask for help.

DURING a court case.
The person asking for protection and the person being accused of abuse have different things they need to do to help their case go well. It is important that each person read the information and follow the instructions in order. Forgetting a step, or not filing certain papers with the court could mean that the case will be delayed, or that it could be decided without giving you a chance to tell your side of the story.

AFTER a court case.
There are important steps to follow so that the restraining order can be enforced. This section also has information about what to do if the situation changes.

Please note:

  • Some words have special meanings when used by the court. If you click on a word that is in blue with this symbol (example default Opens new     window), a new window will open and it will give you an explanation of what the word means.
  • We also have some videos that may help you understand this information. If you see this link (exampleShow Me | Tell Me”) Opens new window you can click on this link which will take you to a page with video and audio files that you can watch and/or listen to on your computer.
  • Finally, most people have lots of questions about domestic violence cases.  For this reason, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and a section with the forms you will need for your case.

To get the information you need, you can click on the section name that is in blue, use the “drop down” menu at the left side of each page, or you can click on the “Next” button at the bottom of some pages.

To view some short videos with general information about how California's court system works, click here. Opens new window


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