California law provides protections against abuse. Abuse includes physical or mental abuse, threats, harassment and stalking. Restraining orders are available for protection from domestic violence, civil harassment, elder abuse, workplace violence, and school violence.
Protection from Abuse
Sacramento Superior Court
3341 Power Inn Road
Self-Help Computer Room, Room 113A
Family Relations Courthouse
8:45 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.
APS investigates reports of elderly and dependent adults in danger due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or hazardous or unsafe living conditions; can serve as an advocate for elderly and dependent adults in situations with landlords, doctors, hospitals, and other social services.
Women Escaping a Violent Environment
1900 K Street
Support & Information Line 916-920-2952 (24 hours)
Business Line 916-448-2321
Counseling, social service advocacy and referral, food and clothing, child abuse identification and intervention, legal information and referral. Counseling to domestic violence abusers and victims, community education, dissolution & restraining order workshops, and a pro bono legal clinic (free attorney consultation for domestic violence).
6060 Sunrise Vista Dr #2340
Citrus Heights, CA 95610-3850
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, California 95817
Telephone service. Provides resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victim compensation, victims’ rights in the Justice System, restitution, civil suits, right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and abuse against the disabled.
The Judicial Council creates some forms used in seeking protection from abuse. The Sacramento County Superior Court has created a variety of forms and instructions packets. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Legal Research Guides and Step-by-Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.
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