What is domestic violence?
A person who has experienced domestic violence may ask the court for a restraining order.
- What is domestic violence?
- Domestic violence includes crimes by people who are, or were, in a family or romantic relationship or have ever lived together.
- Who can get a domestic violence restraining order?
- In general, people who are or were married, living together, or dating, and people with a child together, can qualify for a domestic violence restraining order.
- What is a restraining order?
- A restraining order bars someone from having contact with you and can provide other relief.
- A “temporary” restraining order (TRO) is in effect until a court hearing can be scheduled for the judge to talk to both of the parties.
- A “final” restraining order (FRO) is in effect permanently unless a judge grants the victim’s request to vacate the order.
Requesting a Restraining Order
- Emergency: Call 911
- During court hours: Go to the Family Division Office of the Superior Court in the county where you live or are staying, where the domestic violence happened, or where the other person lives.
- When court is closed: Go to the police department where you live, where the domestic violence happened or where the other person lives.
To file a criminal complaint, in addition to requesting a restraining order, you must go to the munIcipal court or the police department where the act of domestic violence happened.