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June 16, 2021

Am I eligible to file for a civil harassment order? Who can I file against?

If you suffered harassment or stalking (as defined by law) by anyone, you can apply to the court for a civil harassment order against him/her. It does not matter who the person harassing you is.1 However, if the person harassing you is an intimate partner or family or household member, you will likely want to file for a domestic violence restraining order (“DVRO”) instead of a civil harassment order (“CHO”). See If I qualify for both a civil harassment order and a domestic violence restraining order, which one should I file for?

1 See Cal.C.C.P. § 527.6