Law 101

Protection from Abuse

This page covers Restraining Orders for domestic violence (DVRO), civil harassment (CHRO), elder and dependent adult abuse, and school and workplace violence. For other types of civil restraining orders in civil lawsuits, see our “Injunctions and Restraining Orders” page.
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.

Community Resources

Restraining Order stamp Workshops
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
Document review. Community Groups
Adult Protective Services Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Victims of Crime Resource Center WEAVE, INC.


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.

Form Resources

Court Summons Online Form Interviews (external sites)

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

Related Websites

These websites provide information on restraining orders and abuse-related topics.


Free online videos from the California Courts on abuse-related topics.