What Constitutes Domestic Violence in California?
The California Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) aims to provide immediate legal protection for victims of physical and emotional domestic violence. Under The DVPA, the following acts may be considered abuse:
- Causing or attempting to cause injury
- Placing an individual in imminent danger
- Engaging in a variety of potentially illegal acts including molestation, sexual assault, stalking, striking, battering, harassing, destroying property, contacting or coming within a certain distance of the victim, or disturbing the peace
A domestic violence restraining order can be an important step to ensure that you and your children remain safe.
What Is a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?
In California, you can file for a domestic violence restraining order if you have been abused or threatened and you and the responsible party have a close relationship. That person may be a husband, wife, domestic partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, parent, close relative, or someone who lives in the same house as you do. A restraining order requires the restrained person to follow certain guidelines. They must:
- Not contact or go near you or your family
- Stay away from your home, place of work, vehicle, and your child’s school
- Move out if you live together
- Not own a gun
- Follow child visitation and custody orders
- Pay child support and spousal or partner support
- Refrain from making alterations to insurance policies
- Refrain from incurring large expenses or taking other action that might affect you or the property you own
A domestic violence restraining order can be an important step to ensure that you and your children are safe. If the restrained individual violates his or her restraining order, he or she may be jailed or required to pay fines, or both.