Guides to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (Petitioner)

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

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 order 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 Applying for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order
(the Petitioner)

In English (uncut)
(30 minutes)
In Spanish (uncut)
(31 minutes)


In Korean (uncut)
(35 minutes)


In Vietnamese (uncut)
(36 minutes) 

In English, in 15 Parts:

Part 1: Finding Information You Need
(1:45 minutes)
Part 9: Step 2a ~ Types of Restraining Orders
(2:39 minutes)
Part 2: Intro to Restraining Orders
(2:37 minutes)
Part 10: Step 2b ~ Order to Show Cause Hearing
(1:56 minutes)
Part 3: Safety Plan
(4:02 minutes)
Part 11: Step 3 ~ Complete/Process Court Forms
(1:50 minutes)
Part 4: Temporary Restraining Order
(1:40 minutes)
Part 12: Step 3a ~ Service of Process
(48 seconds)
Part 5: Get Help
(30 seconds)
Part 13: Step 4 ~ Attend the Court Hearing
(3:15 minutes)
Part 6: Six Steps to Success
(1:44 minutes)
Part 14: Step 5 ~ Enforcing/Modifying Orders
(3:26 minutes)
Part 7: Step 1 ~ Gather Information
(1:04 minutes)
Part 15: Step 6 ~ Chart a New Course
(2:41 minutes)
Part 8:  Step 2 ~ Decide on a Course
of Action
(1:55 minutes)

PLEASE NOTE: The Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese versions of this video have not been edited into parts.