Protection from Abuse

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

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Domestic Violence Restraining Order Class Adult Protective Services A Community for Peace Free Legal Clinic: Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse (Galt) Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center WEAVE, INC.
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Victims of Crime Resource Center Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center


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.

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.

Computer mouse California Courts Videos on Civil Harassment