Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from someone with whom they have a close relationship. A restraining order will not guarantee that the abuse will stop, but it may be helpful in some ways. 

If you need help deciding whether going to court for a restraining order is the best choice for you, please contact a local domestic violence hotline, such as the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 978-3600.

You can ask for a domestic violence restraining order if:

1. A person has abused (or threatened to abuse) you; 


2.You have a close relationship with that person, like you are:

  • Married or registered domestic partners,
  • Divorced or separated,
  • Dating or used to date,
  • Living together or used to live together (more than roommates),
  • Parents together of a child, OR
  • Closely related (parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, in-law).

Some things a restraining order can do

A restraining order is a court order. It can order the restrained person to:

  • Not contact or go near you, your children, other relatives, or others who live with you
  • Stay away from your home, work, or your children’s schools
  • Move out of your house (even if you live together)
  • Not have a gun
  • Follow child custody and visitation orders
  • Pay child support
  • Pay certain bills
  • Complete a 52-week batterer intervention program

LACLJ attorneys offer a confidential relationship within which a survivor can learn about their rights, weigh their options and make informed and empowered choices for themselves and their families.

LACLJ attorneys can help you with your restraining order hearing. To apply for services please CLICK HERE.