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.
Restraining Orders 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