RESOURCE INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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Domestic violence or assault by a person who is known to the victim, including domestic violence or assault by a person who is the spouse of the victim, is a crime.
A. SUPERIOR COURT ORDERS (13701(F) PC) You have the right to go to the Superior Court and file a petition re-questioning any of the following orders for relief at no cost:
CIVIL SUITS (13701(G) PC)
For information about the California victim’s compensation
program, contact: (800) 777-9229
Sexual assault by a person who is known to the victim, including sexual assault by a person who is the spouse of the victim, is a crime. If you are a victim of sexual assault, go to a safe place immediately and call the police. Do not clean up in any way until you talk to the police.
Who can obtain a restraining order? Anyone who has been threatened, harassed, abused or assaulted, whether or not you’re married, and whether or not you live with the person. How much does it cost? There is no court fee for restraining orders resulting from violence.
Serving the defendant: Any adult, not a party to the action, may serve the defendant, but before making that decision, the threat of violence should be considered. If you receive any kind of Government Aid: AFDC, SSI, Food Stamps, or if you work but you don't have enough to live on, you can request a fee waiver from the Judge, then ask the Sherriff’s Office Civil Division to serve the defendant.
Who can help in obtaining a restraining order? The Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic can assist you with domestic violence orders.
Appointments are required for Pittsburg & Martinez Call (888) 215-5555. Locations open 8 am - 3 pm:
Richmond: Mondays (in line by 8:30 am cut off at 9:30 am) & Fridays (in line by 8:30 am cut off at 9 am) (No appointment needed)
How long does it take to get a Restraining Order? It’s possible to get a Temporary Restraining Order within 4 hours or it may take as long as 3 days.
What do I do if the Restraining Order is violated? 1. Call the police having jurisdiction where the violation of the restraining order occurred. 2. Ask that a formal report be taken. 3. When a violation of a domestic violence restraining occurs, the violator shall be arrested.
EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE ORDER (EPO): If you are in immediate threat of danger, you may request an EPO from the police. EPO’s are issued when court is not in session. There is no charge. The order is valid for 5 court days, not counting the day the order is issued. VIOLATING A RESTRAINING ORDER IS A CRIME!
For advice about your immediate problem, for further information about a shelter, other services in the community, and their availability, you may contact any of the following agencies. Feel free to request shelters which are located far from your home. You may be safer if you are harder to find.
In some incidents of domestic violence where children are present and/or involved, “Children & Family Services” (CFS) may be notified (P.C. 11166). The mission of CFS is to protect children from abuse and neglect (i.e., witnessing abuse and/or bring put in harm’s way), and to promote the well-being of children and families. CFS has the ability to provide you with supportive services that can assist you in the development of a plan to ensure the safety of all members of your family, including access to services such as counseling, substance abuse treatment, anger management classes, and parent education. In those situations where children cannot and/or are not being cared for by their families due to safety issues, CFS can place the children in a safe family environment and help you and your family take the steps necessary to reunite with your children.
24 HOUR Child Abuse Hotlines:
The Department of Homeland Security has created a U Visa. This Visa allows for undocumented immigrant victims of certain violent crimes to report crime to police without fear of removal (deportation).