Domestic violence is against the law and help is available to you and your children.
You may be able to get a restraining order, which can do the following:
- Order the abuser not to interfere with, bother, or menace you or your children
- Order the abuser not to enter your home, school or workplace
- Order the abuser to move out of your home
- Award you temporary custody of your children
You can get a restraining order against anyone, including:
- Your husband/wife/domestic partner
- Your ex-husband/ex-wife/ex-domestic partner
- An adult related to you by blood or marriage
- The other parent of your minor child
- Someone with whom you now live in a sexual relationship
- Someone with whom you lived in a sexual relationship in the last 2 years
One of the people above must have:
- Injured you
- Tried to injure you
- Made you afraid of being seriously injured
- Forced you to have sex
The abuse must have occurred within the last 6 months and you must be in immediate danger of further abuse.
You do not need an attorney to get a restraining order.
The restraining order is FREE.
You have the right to file criminal charges against your abuser, whether or not you have a restraining order. If you want to press charges call the district attorney in your county.
For more information visit the California Court government website