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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? (DV-500-INFO), (also in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese). 

If the person from whom you need protection is not a current or past family member or romantic partner, you may be able to pursue a civil harassment restraining order instead. A Step-by-Step guide on Obtaining a Civil Harassment Restraining Order is available on our website at


Both Judicial Council and Local Sacramento County forms are commonly used in this procedure. The Sacramento County Superior Court has compiled all of the Judicial Council 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. You will need two packets to complete this procedure. Select the Step 1 packet that fits your situation:



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

 Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO): Protect Yourself from Domestic Violence (Step by Step)

created kb 6/13
updated 11/14 en/mpj
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