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Domestic Violence Restraining Order


Protect Yourself from Domestic Violence

This guide is intended to provide simple instructions on how to request that the Sacramento County court issue a domestic violence restraining order. Domestic violence restraining orders are unique, because they require a current or past family, dating, marriage, or romantic relationship between the person to be protected and the person from whom he or she seeks protection.

If you are unsure whether a domestic violence restraining order is right for you, read Can a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Help Me? (Form DV-500-INFO), (also in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese). For a Step-by-Step Guide to "Obtaining a Civil Harassment Restraining Order," see


The Judicial Council Forms commonly used is this procedure are:

Additional forms not covered in this guide may be necessary, depending on your case. These forms are included in the Step 1 Packet for "Parties With Minor Children."

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

Step 1 Packet:

The Step 2 Packet (packet including blank documents to serve on the defendant) may be downloaded from

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

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