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Protection from Abuse: Restraining Orders Category: Crime and Prisons

Overview

California law provides protections against abuse. Abuse includes physical or mental abuse, threats, harassment and stalking. Restraining orders are available for protection from domestic (family) violence, civil harassment, workplace violence, school violence, and gun violence (“red flag laws”) through the civil court.

Types of Restraining Orders

There are several different types of restraining orders available, depending on the relationship between the parties, the nature of the abuse, and the orders sought. It’s important that you request the correct type of restraining order. If you file the wrong type, the court will not be able to issue...

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WEAVE, INC.
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WEAVE Legal provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking. Services include free workshops about how to start your divorce in Sacramento County, completing financial disclosures, and seeking child support & child custody. WEAVE’s attorneys and legal staff also provide consultation, representation and/or forms assistance on a case by case basis for restraining order and related family law matters special immigration petitions (T/U Visa and VAWA Self Petitions) civil harassment restraining orders (for sexual assault victims) and vacatur petitions for survivors of sex trafficking.

Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center
Protection from Abuse and Harassment
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Services Provided: Self-help services in preparing domestic violence and elder abuse restraining orders, court support accompaniment, information to prepare for restraining order hearing and what happens after hearing, information and referral services for safe housing, adult counseling (individual and group), safety planning and danger assessment, and victims compensation advocacy.

Safe at Home Program
Protection from Abuse and Harassment
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Safe at Home is a confidential address program administered by the California Secretary of State’s office and is most effective when used as a part of an overall safety plan. Safe at Home offers victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking & elder and dependent abuse, as well as reproductive health care workers, a substitute mailing address to receive first class, certified, and registered mail. This address is also accepted by California state, county, and city government agencies in lieu of a residential or other mailing address where a victim can be tracked down, keeping the residence address confidential and out of the hands of someone who might want to harm the victim. Those needing this service must apply through an enrolling agency: https://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/where-find-enrolling-agency 

Elder and Health Law Clinic
Estates Wills and Trusts
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Academic year only. Typically open for intake during June/July and November/December for one to two weeks., Certified law students provide legal advice and undertake representation of low-income individuals 60 and older in the greater Sacramento area. Priority cases include nursing home residents’ rights, alternatives to conservatorships, Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, SSI, health care access, housing, elder abuse, advance health care directives, and simple estate planning tools.

Family Law Facilitator
Courts and Procedure
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Family law self help assistance, including forms assistance, file review, preparation of orders and judgments and other forms of procedural assistance. Also assists with Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders,  Probate Guardianship, and Limited Conservatorship cases. Eligibility: Must have family law case in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Adult Protective Services
Family
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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.

Civil Self Help Services
Courts and Procedure
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Civil Self-Help Services (SHS) helps people without lawyers who have questions about simple issues related to a civil case. They can give you general information and help you prepare your own forms in the area of civil law. Common topics include civil harassment restraining orders, petitions for change of name/gender, and expungement of criminal convictions.

Sacramento Justice League
Family
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Sacramento Justice League is a nonprofit corporation in Sacramento offering low cost legal services and occasional free clinics. Topics covered include:

  • Direct Family Law Legal Services
  • Name Changes/Birth Certificate Changes
  • Criminal Expungement Assistance
  • Credit and Debt Relief Assistance
  • Self-Represented Family Law Workshops
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Bankruptcy
Civil Harassment Restraining Order

A Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CHRO) is an order directing a person not to harass or engage in violence against you. In Sacramento, CHROs are filed at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse, located at 720 Ninth Street, in downtown Sacramento. Need protection from a family member or romantic...

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Understanding the Confidential Name Change Process in Sacramento

The law provides confidentiality for a petitioner seeking a name change who is a participant in the Secretary of State’s confidential address program, Safe at Home, under California Government Code §6205 et seq., and who asserts reasons for a name change that include: Seeking to avoid domestic violence Seeking to...

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