If you are the victim of domestic violence in California, one of the best things you can do is to get away from your abuser. This can be difficult if you live together or often interact. In addition, it is common for an abuser to not want to leave the victim alone. He or she may keep trying to see you or talk to you. This can be scary and dangerous. One option you have to protect yourself is a restraining order.

The Office on Women’s Health explains a restraining order is a court order that makes it illegal for the other person to come in contact with you. This includes physical contact as well as contacting you through communication methods. In addition to keeping the person away from you, he or she may also have to stay away from your children, even if they are also the parent of them.

In addition, this type of order can also help you maintain your living situation by requiring the other person to continue to pay your rent or mortgage. It also may include a child support order. The judge can really put whatever he or she wants in the order that will help protect you and keep you safe until your case can go to court.

A restraining order may also include requirements for drug tests and forfeiture of any firearms. If the person violates the order, he or she faces arrest and punishment by the court. This information is for education and is not legal advice.