The 4 Different Types of Restraining Orders in California

If you are in physical danger from someone else, we want to use the law to help keep you safe. This is where Restraining Orders come into play – legal court orders that protect someone from being abused, stalked, or harassed. The abuse does not have to have already happened to warrant a Restraining Order – threats are enough to get the process underway.

In California, Restraining Orders can include provisions for Personal Conduct, which dictates someone’s behavior; Stay Away Orders, which forces them to stay a specific distance away from you at all times; and Residence Exclusion, which forces someone to leave the home they share with someone they are abusing.

In California, there are 4 main types of Restraining Order, each with their own approach and process. Here are the 4 different types of Restraining Orders in California:

Domestic Violence Restraining Order

This Restraining Order is for situations where you are abused by someone you have a close relationship with. That list could include spouses, partners, someone you are dating, parents, children, siblings, or grandparents. It still applies to divorced spouses.

Civil Harassment Restraining Order

This Restraining Order is for situations where you are abused by someone you are not intimately close to. That list could include neighbors, roommates, cousins, coworkers, or strangers. 

Workplace Violence Restraining Order

This Restraining Order is designed to protect employees who have been abused either at or involving their workplace. Importantly, this Restraining Order can only be obtained by employers seeking to protect their employees. If the abused employee wants to file for a Restraining Order themselves, they would have to file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order.

Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order

This Restraining Order is designed for adults over the age of 65, as well as younger adults who cannot regularly care for themselves. The abuse they suffered may have included financial abuse, care neglect, poor treatment, and deprivation or abandonment. These cases are to protect the abuser from having any further involvement whatsoever in your life.

When we start talking about Restraining Orders, it is important to know the difference between the 4 types. Whichever Restraining Order you file for determines how the process moves forward from there. At The Grey Legal Group, we are dedicated to protecting your life and your rights at all times. If you need help with a Restraining Order, contact The Grey Legal Group today to speak to someone who cares! We offer effective legal solutions for today’s modern family, because the law is not always black and white.

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