What Proof Do You Need for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in California

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For Domestic Violence Restraining Order, you just need evidence to support that abuse occurred which is defined as bodily injury or fear that you will get bodily injury. The legal language is in California Penal Code 13700: “intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another.”

Examples of evidence are:

  • Photos of violence, injuries, damage
  • Medical records showing injuries
  • Harassing messages such as texts, emails, or voicemails from the abuser
  • Instances when you contacted 911 or domestic violence hotlines.
  • Documentation of previous medical emergencies or injuries that resulted from the actions of the abuser
  • Police reports involving your abuser
  • A testimony from a witness. The witness can be anyone such as a family member, neighbor a co-worker or a bystander

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