Domestic Violence

Parties alleging domestic violence may file for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.  Domestic violence forms that you can complete on line are available here.  Or, click here for local information.

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order issued to protect people from abuse.  Under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, abuse is defined as any of the following:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury.

  • Sexual assault.

  • Placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or to another.

  • Engaging in any behavior that has been or could be legally prohibited such as molesting, attacking, striking, stalking, threatening, battering, harassing, telephoning, destroying personal property, contacting the other by mail or otherwise, or disturbing the peace of the other person.

A victim of domestic violence may request any of the following:

  • An order restraining the abuse from abusing the victim, and other family members.  An order directing the abuser to leave the household.

  • An order preventing the abuser from entering the residence, school, business, or place of employment of the victim.

  • An order restraining the abuser from molesting or interfering with minor children in the custody of the victim.

  • An order directing the party not granted custody to pay support of minor children, if that party has a legal obligation to do so.

  • An order directing the abuser to make specified debt payments while the order is in effect.

  • An order directing that either or both parties participate in counseling.

For more information on domestic violence, click here.

Additional Resources

Mountain Women’s Resource Center

Tuolumne County District Attorney, Victim Witness Program

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