Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Domestic violence is difficult to deal with on its own, and can greatly complicate a family law matter such as a divorce or custody case. If you need a California domestic violence protection order, you may have very mixed emotions, including fear of your abuser, concern for their well-being as well as your own, anxiety about facing the legal system, and more. Domestic violence is a complex situation, and you may need help to safely extricate yourself (and possibly others, like your children) from a dangerous situation.  Kara also understands how allegations of domestic violence can affect other family law matters, and can help protect your rights.

Domestic violence often involves a romantic partner, but it could involve some other close relationship, including:

Domestic violence may include physical harm, including sexual assault; harassment; and verbal threats. Abuse may also include destroying or stealing your property, or breaking into or lurking around your home or workplace to intimidate you; essentially, stalking.

Domestic violence happens to men and women, married or single, LGBTQ or straight, and from all walks of life. The important thing is to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe.

What a California Domestic Violence Restraining Order Will Do

A California domestic violence restraining order is intended to protect you from physical harm, harassment, and/or verbal threats. If you are in immediate danger, you should contact law enforcement to seek an emergency protective order.

The first step is to file the documents needed to request a temporary restraining order (which offers protection until your case can be heard in court).  If the court grants your order, it may order your abuser:

In California, there are criminal restraining orders and restraining orders issued by a civil or family court. You can ask for a civil or family restraining order even if there is already an existing criminal restraining order in place.


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