Legal Information: California

Know the Laws - By State

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

Information about domestic violence restraining orders, civil harassment orders, restraining orders to prevent elder or dependent adult abuse, workplace violence restraining orders, and gun violence restraining orders.

Information about custody in California.

Information about parental kidnapping and emergency custody in California.

Basic information about divorce in California.

Information about the ability of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, abuse of an elder or dependent adult, or human trafficking to break a rental lease without penalty.

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.

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

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

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