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Last Updated: Jul 02, 2021     Views: 600

How can I apply for a restraining order? How can I respond to a restraining order?

California Court webpages

There are several different types of abuse and harassment restraining orders available according to a California Courts webpage on abuse and harassment.

The California Courts has webpages on Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse, and Gun Violence restraining orders. For each of these types of restraining orders, there may be different specific types of restraining orders available, such as an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), a “Permanent” Restraining Order, or a Criminal Protective Order or “Stay-Away” Order. The webpages listed above generally have information and links to pages on making safety plans, asking for, responding to, enforcing, renewing, and terminating a restraining order, frequently asked questions (FAQs), necessary forms, and other information. 

Alameda County Court webpages

The Superior Court of California, Alameda County has webpages on topics such as Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, How to get an Emergency Protective Order/Restraining Order, and How to Fill Out and File the Restraining Order Forms. The Alameda County Self-Help Center Family Law Facilitator's Office may be able to provide information and assistance regarding restraining order forms.

Publications in the library

In the Alameda County Law Library at the call number KFC115 .F36 we have the publication Family Law Basics : a step by step guide to California divorce, paternity, custody, support, domestic violence and property; with pleading, procedures and forms

Organizations offering assistance

The Family Violence Law Center provides free legal services for survivors in Alameda County who need assistance with domestic violence restraining orders, civil harassment restraining orders, as well as limited family law issues, limited housing and landlord/tenant issues, and Title IX administrative proceedings at UC Berkeley. 

The Alameda County Family Justice Center provides services regarding restraining orders, domestic violence counseling, sexual assault counseling, as well as many other services. They also have a guide entitled Domestic Violence Restraining Order: The General Process in Alameda County.

Bay Area Legal Aid and Legal Access Alameda also provide services regarding restraining orders and domestic violence.

The Alameda County Self-Help Center Family Law Facilitator's Office may be able to provide information and assistance regarding restraining order forms.