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Know the Laws: California

Know the Laws

California

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  • State Law Overview

    Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

  • Restraining Orders

    Information about domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO) and Civil Harassment Orders.

  • Custody

    Information about custody and parental kidnapping in California.

  • Parental Kidnapping

    Information about parental kidnapping and emergency custody in California.

  • Divorce

    Basic information about divorce in California.

  • Housing Laws

    Information about the ability of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to break a rental lease without penalty.

  • Workplace Protections

    California state law provides employment protections for domestic violence victims who need to take time off from work to handle issues related to domestic violence.

  • Crimes

    Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in California and victim assistance programs.

  • State Gun Laws

    There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

  • Suing Your Abuser

    You may have a right to sue your abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.

Federal Laws

  • Immigration

    Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.

  • Federal Gun Laws

    Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.

  • Military

    Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.

Tribal Laws

  • Tribal Law

    Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Religious Law