Civil Restraining Orders
Protective Elder or Dependent Abuse
Orders (EPO) Restraining Order Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
You can get You are in danger. You are 65 or older, or you are You want to protect you and your family from someone: You are worried about your safety because you are
this kind of between 18 and 64 and have • You are dating (or used to date), being:
order if: certain disabilities, • You are married to (or were married to), or • stalked,
and, you are a victim of: • You are closely related to (like a parent, child, brother • harassed,
• Physical or financial abuse, or sister, grandparent, or grandchild) • sexually assaulted, or
• Neglect, abandonment or • You have a child with • threatened
isolation, or by someone you do not have a close relationship with,
• Treatment that has physically or like a neighbor or roommate.
mentally hurt you.
This kind of order is not for people who have dated or
who are closely related.
It can order Stay away from you, • Not contact you in any way • Not contact you in any way • Not contact you in any way
someone to: your home, and your • Stay away from you and your • Stay away from you, your home and your work • Stay away from you, your home (unless you are
work. home • Move out of your home roommates), and your work
• Move out of your home The court can order either parent to pay child support or
follow custody and visitation orders if you have children
with that person.
It lasts: Up to 7 days. Up to 3 years. Up to 3 years. Up to 3 years.
It costs: It’s free. It’s free. It’s free. It depends on the type of harassment and/or your income.
You can get Any police officer Legal Assistance to the Elderly Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic Civic Center Courthouse
help from: can help you with an 415-861-4444 415-252-2844 (Call for an appt.) ACCESS, Room 208
emergency order. 415-551-5880 (recorded info)
Adult Protective Services Family Law Facilitator, Civic Center Courthouse, Room 009
If you want 415-557-5230 415-551-3991 (recorded info) Bar Association of San Francisco
protection for longer 1-800-814-0009 (toll free) The Family Law Facilitator may also be able to help you Lawyer Referral Service
than 7 days, you with custody, visitation, and child support orders. 415-989-1616
must ask the Court California Senior Legal Hotline
for another kind of 1-800-222-1753 National Domestic Violence Hotline Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
restraining order. Toll-free: 1-800-799-7233 415-333-HELP
TDD: 1-800-787-3224 CUAV helps gays, lesbians and transgender people.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) 415-920-3820
415-333-HELP For help with mediation for cases not involving serious
CUAV helps gays, lesbians and transgender people. violence or threats.
What is a restraining order?
A restraining order is a court order that
protects you from physical, emotional, or
financial abuse. It can also protect you
Elder or from being stalked or harassed.
Dependent How much does it cost?
Protective In most cases, restraining orders are
Abuse free. See inside for more information.
Restraining What kind of orders can I get?
Order There are different kinds of civil
restraining orders. To see which is right
for you, see inside.
What if I need a criminal
A District Attorney can ask for a criminal
Open this brochure for more information restraining order in a criminal case. For
on civil restraining orders more information, contact the District
A guide to civil
Where can I get court forms or
Domestic Civil www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/protection
Restraining Restraining San Francisco Superior Court
400 McAllister Street
Orders Orders Room 208
San Francisco, CA