Temporary Restraining Orders Are Still Available
The courts are still available to grant Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, the courts are still open on a limited schedule to hear applications for Temporary Restraining Orders under the California Domestic Violence Protection Act. The COVID-19 Stay at Home Order is not intended to subject anybody to domestic abuse, nor fear of imminent domestic abuse.
If granted, the restraining orders will be in effect until the courts reopen with a normal schedule and can set a hearing. All local police agencies continue to serve our communities and the deputies and officers have the ability to issue Emergency Protective Orders on site, which require the perpetrator to leave the residence. These orders are usually binding for several days until the victim can file for the Temporary Restraining Order in Superior Court.
If you need immediate help, call 911. For further information on domestic violence, please review The National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/ .