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Guides to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (Respondent)

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Sometimes, people who live together can love each other very much but have anger management or other problems that can result in threatened or actual violence. In California, the court can help to prevent repeated acts of violence or sexual abuse by issuing Restraining Orders. These keep the people involved separate long enough for them to try to solve the causes of the violence.

In this section there are two long videos about how California’s court system works to prevent domestic violence.

  • One of the videos is for the person seeking a restraining order (click here), and
  • One of the videos is for the person responding to a restraining order (below).

In English, each of these videos has been divided into sections so that you can look at just one part, if you wish.

The video for the person seeking a restraining has been translated into Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese. The video for the person responding to a restraining order has been translated into Spanish.

It is hoped that these videos will help you understand how the court can help you.

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For Person Responding to Domestic Violence Restraining Order
(the Respondent)

In English (uncut)
(25:41 minutes)
In Spanish  (uncut)
(25:23 minutes)


In English, in 6 Parts:

Part 1: Introduction - 1
(2:00 minutes)
Part 4: Types of Restraining Orders
(6:53 minutes)
Part 2: Introduction - 2
(2:00 minutes)
Part 5: The Court Hearing
(6:38 minutes)
Part 3: The Legal Basics
(5:24 minutes)
Part 6: Obey/Get Help
(1:30 minutes)



PLEASE NOTE: The Spanish version of this video was not edited into parts.