Victims of Domestic Violence
- As a victim of domestic violence, your name, address and personal identifying information can be kept confidential.
- If your perpetrator went to jail, he or she may be released at anytime.
- Victims of domestic violence may be eligible for temporary placement in a shelter.
- As a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to have an advocate and/or support person of your choice to be present with you during any further interviews as it relates to this crime.
- You may request the investigator assigned to your case to file a formal complaint with the District Attorney’s Office; however, in the State of California, victims are not responsible for pressing charges and the decision will be made by the DA’s Office.
- A physical assault committed by a person with whom you have an existing or previous dating or marital relationship is a crime.
- As a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to file a civil suit for losses suffered as a result of the crime.
As a victim of domestic violence, you may request a temporary restraining order that:
- Restrains the perpetrator from hurting you, your children or family members involved
- Directs the perpetrator to leave the home
- Prevents the perpetrator from going to the home, school, business or place of employment of the victims
- Awards custody of, or visitation with a minor child and protects the child(ren) from that person
- Directs child support of minor children and other financial responsibilities
- Directs that either or both parties participate in counseling