During a Domestic Violence Protection Act Court Case

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In California, getting a Domestic Violence Restraining Order includes a number of steps. This section is designed to help the people involved to pay attention to the process and do what is required of them by law.

Follow these steps one at a time and in order:

Step 1:  Get your court forms
Step 2:  File your papers at court
Step 3:  Give copies of all of the papers to the person accused of abuse
Step 4:  Tell the court that the papers have been given
NOTE: The court system will not initiate the case, nor will it 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
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  • Watch some videos with general information about how California's court system works, click here. Opens new
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  • 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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