Many local laws and courts have been affected by COVID-19. Please use the search for legal help tool to find a legal aid organization or self help center near you for accurate information and more support.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This resource by the Women's Law organization will assist you in answering the following questions: What is domestic violence? Who does domestic violence happen to? What are the laws against domestic violence and can they help me?
Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).
A domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) is a civil court order that is signed by a judge and tells the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. This resource provides basic information on domestic violence retraining orders, who can get them, how to get them, and what happens after a hearing.
A restraining order protects someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed.
Getting a restraining order to protect yourself is not just for adults or people who are married. Many states understand that young people are experiencing abuse, and have made sure that their laws allow teens and young adults to be protected.
This resource defines stalking, cyberstalking and online harassment under the law, statistics about who is affected, California and Federal Law on stalking, tips and resources for victims.
Call (800) 799 - 7233 for Trained advocates are available to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. TTY: (800) 787 - 3224 and Videophone (855) 812 - 11
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you"re in danger.
One way to try to stop someone from harassing you is to file for a civil harassment restraining order.
The court can help protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse by someone you dated, lived with, or are related to.
A comprehensive and practical guide for everyday people on how to end interpersonal violence in their community. The C.I. Toolkit gives in depth how-tos on supporting survivors of sexualized/gendered violence, organizing community accountability processes and interventions, and working together to build a future without violence.
This page includes general information about domestic violence in tribal law, information on tribal protection orders, and links to other online resources for domestic violence on tribal land.
This map is a useful tool for finding domestic violence organizations in your community who are Members of the Partnership.
This resource will help you understand how the California Court defines domestic violence, restraining orders, where to get help and find other resources.
Tips to prepare and what to do when you're at the court.
You can ask for a firearms restraining order against a close family member if you are afraid they may hurt themselves, or another person, with a gun.
When to call the police and what can the police do if the abuser violates the restraining order.
There is most likely has an expiration (end) date. If you are still concerned for your safety or want your restraining order to stay in place, you have to "renew" it, which makes it last longer and gives it a new end date.
These pages provide tips to help keep you as safe as possible while you are still in an abusive relationship, when you are preparing to leave, and after you have left.
If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email. Check out "Ask TEEN LINE", find resources in Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.