How do I protect my children and me, as well as our rights, from my husband in California?
My husband was verbally and physically abusive towards my children and me. My friends and neighbors have documented this activity. I need to protect our rights. What do I do?
If you are in immediate danger you should contact the police. A police officer can help you obtain an emergency protective order. An emergency protective order can last for up to one week and will require your husband to stay away from you and your family. If you need protection for more than just one week, you can request a temporary restraining order. Any family law attorney can help you in filing the necessary paperwork for a restraining order. Additionally, there are many self-help centers and domestic violence programs at the courthouses in California. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They can give you information regarding shelters, legal assistance, and programs that are available to help you.