Create and File for your Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Online

This is a free website for victims of domestic violence and their loved ones, to prepare the official California court forms for getting a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVRO).

Victims of domestic violence can get a restraining order formally called a DVRO against their abuser.

The website breaks down the process into a series of friendly questionnaires, with helpful explanations from lawyers and court officials. Once you complete the questionnaires, you can either electronically file or download your documents.

Eligibility

  • See if you're eligible!

Process Overview

This website presents a list of questions, and then at the end generates the paperwork for DVRO.

HOW THIS WEBSITE WORKS

This website provides a guided experience to people who are working themselves on preparing the court forms for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

Take-Screening

1. Take Screening

Start with the Online Screening which will step you through a few questions to then suggest whether your situation is suitable for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

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2. Prepare Documents

Prepare the main set of your court documents by covering one topic at a time. Each topic offers questions in simple and non-legal language. Just do your best and in case you need help you can get reach out for help just with a few clicks.

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3. Consult Advocate (Optional)

In case you are filing against someone you had an intimate relationship with, you can consult with an advocate. The advocate can assist you with certain aspects of the case. They can review your case documents, and talk to you directly to discuss your case.

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4. Submit to Court

Submit the paperwork to begin the legal process. You can do that by either printing and visiting the court or directly E-filing from this website.

FAQs

Mesage from Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye

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"The pandemic has shown that while in-person access is the gold standard, many people prefer remote access. During the pandemic we learned that justice through remote technology increased access, particularly in family law, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile dependency. For example, family members who live out of state can now join in, and those involved in domestic violence cases do not have to be in the same room. We hope we can build on that because we have seen that choice matters and remote access works.”

Do Restraining Orders Help?

Here the outcome of a research on domestic violence from University of New Hampshire

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1. Reduce Violence

Civil protective orders (such as a DVRO) are effective in reducing partner violence for many women. For half the women in the sample, a protective order stopped the violence. For the other half, the orders significantly reduced violence and abuse.

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2. Cost Effective

They are a relatively low-cost solution, particularly when compared with the social and personal costs of partner violence.

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3. Cities vs. Countryside

The impact of civil protective orders on reducing violence and abuse did not differ for rural (country side) and urban (cities) women. In rural areas, where resources and services for partner violence may be more limited, it is critical to reduce barriers to obtaining protective orders as research indicates they may be an effective resource. Community-level barriers to enforce civil protective orders exist for women in rural areas.

Court Forms Created

When you pass the screening and complete the questionnaires, you can then download the following standard court forms filled correctly with your information. These court forms are provided by the California Courts and used across courts in Canada for DVRO.

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  • Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order - DV-100
  • Temporary Restraining Order - DV-110
  • Description of Abuse - DV-101
  • Notice of Court Hearing - DV-109
  • Confidential CLETS Information - CLETS-001
  • Request for Child Custody and Visitation Orders - DV-105
  • Request for Order: No Travel with Children (Domestic Violence Prevention) - DV-108
  • Child Custody and Visitation Order (Domestic Violence) One for DV-140 & DV-130
  • Order: No Travel with Children (Domestic Violence Prevention - DV-145
  • Restraining Order After Hearing (CLETS–OAH) - DV-130
  • Order on Request to Continue Court Hearing (Temporary Restraining Order) (CLETS-TRO) (DomesticViolence Prevention) (DV-116) *
  • Proof of Personal Service (CLETS) - DV-200
  • Request for Interpreter (RI-IN007)