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Civil Harassment Restraining Order

Protect Yourself from Abuse & Harassment

This guide is intended to provide simple instructions on how to request the Sacramento County Superior Court to issue a civil harassment restraining order. A civil harassment restraining order is an order directing a person not to harass or engage in violence against you. The procedure to obtain one is similar to the procedure used to obtain a domestic violence restraining order.

Civil harassment restraining orders differ from family law domestic violence restraining orders in that no prior or current family or romantic relationship is required between the person to be protected and the person from whom he or she seeks protection. You may seek protection if you are worried about your safety because you are being stalked, harassed, sexually assaulted, or threatened by someone you do not have a family or past or present romantic relationship with, like a current or former neighbor, co-worker, or roommate.


The Judicial Council Forms commonly used is this procedure are: 

The Sacramento County Superior Court has compiled all of the above forms and several mandatory local forms into two separate packets in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The local forms are accessible online only in the packet; they are not available separately.

The Step 1 Packet (containing all of the forms needed for the initial filing) may be downloaded from

The Step 2 Packet (containing the forms used for having the temporary and permanent  restraining orders served on the person to be restrained) may be downloaded from

Click here to download this Guide, with step-by-step instructions, including sample forms:

 Civil Harassment Restraining Order: Protect Yourself from Abuse and Harassment (Step by Step)