There are different types of civil restraining orders, each with their own eligibility requirements and steps that need to be taken to get a restraining order. The types of restraining orders are:
Emergency Protective Order:
Protects victims of abuse, serious harassment, or stalking. An emergency protective order is available 24 hours a day from the police.
Domestic Violence Restraining Order:
Protects individuals from a spouse or former spouse; person you are dating, or person you have dated; lover; mother or father of your child; anyone closely related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption (example: mother, father, child, brother, sister, grandparent); or person who regularly lives in your home.
Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order:
Protects elders and dependent adults from physical and financial abuse, neglect, isolation, abduction, harm, or deprivation by a caregiver.
Civil Harassment Restraining Order:
Protects individuals from someone you have not dated and do not have a close relationship with like a neighbor, a roommate, friend, or family member not listed under Domestic Violence Restraining Orders.
Workplace Violence Restraining Order:
Protects employees from workplace violence. A Workplace Violence Restraining Order can only be requested by an employer on behalf of their employee.
Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Order:
Protects students from violence in a private postsecondary school. A Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Order can only be requested by the chief administrative officer, or an officer or employee designated by the chief administrative officer on behalf of a student.
Gun Violence Restraining Order
Prohibits an individual who poses a significant danger of personal injury to himself, herself, or another from owning, possessing, purchasing, receiving or attempting to purchase or receive a firearm or ammunition. A Gun Violence Restraining Order can only be requested by an immediate family member or law enforcement agency.
Where Do Restraining Orders Get Filed?
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Orders are filed at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse.
- Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Workplace Violence Restraining Orders, Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Orders, and Gun Violence Restraining Orders are filed at Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse.