During a Domestic Violence Protection Act Court Case

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For the person being accused of violence, the beginning of their Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) case is when they are given copies of at least two forms --

  • a Temporary Restraining Order (DV-110) with a
  • Request for Order (DV-110) 

This section is designed to help the people involved to pay attention to the process and do what is required of them by law.

Responding if you have been "served" with a Domestic Violence Restraining Order:

Follow these steps one at a time and in order:

Step 1:  Fill in your court forms (if you decide to respond)

Step 2:  File your papers at court

Step 3:  Give the person asking for protection a copy of your filed forms

Step 4:  Tell the court that you have "served" the person seeking protection

Next, you will need information about what to do After the court hearing.

At any time, you can:

  • Read answers for Frequently Asked Questions about domestic violence.
  • Read some general information about How Courts Work, click here. Opens new
  • Watch some videos with general information about how California's court system works, click here. Opens new
  • Watch some short videos with information on "Paperwork Basics" (forms), "Service of Process" and "Tips on Going to Court", click here. Opens new window



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