Before Going to Court

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IF YOU NEED PROTECTION RIGHT NOW, you should call 911, or

  • a local law enforcement agency, or
  • a domestic violence shelter, or
  • the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-SAFE.


Before you go to court to start a Domestic Violence Restraining Order case, it would be good to learn what you can about the courts and your situation.

This section will help you to understand:

Once you know the basics, you can learn what to do:

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 window
  • Watch some videos with general information about how California's court system works, click here. Opens new window
  • Watch a short video called "Before You Go to Court", click here. Opens new window


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