Safety: As a victim of domestic violence your safety and the safety of your children and family are very important. Remember if you are making phone calls from home or using your computer at home that there are often ways that other people in your home can check calls and internet sites that you have visited.
All restraining orders requests are filed and heard at the Watsonville court location at 1 Second Street, Watsonville, CA 95076. These restraining orders include domestic violence prevention, elder abuse prevention, civil harassment prevention, workplace violence, private postsecondary school violence prevention and gun violence prevention restraining orders.
Where to File
All restraining order requests, modifications, terminations and anything else associated with a restraining order filing is filed at the Watsonville court location at 1 Second Street, Room 300, Watsonville. If the initial restraining order request is brought to the Santa Cruz court location, Room 110, it will be scanned to the Watsonville Court location; however no subsequent papers can be brought for filing in Santa Cruz.
Ex Parte Filing Process
Restraining Orders must be filed with the clerk’s office no later than 10:00 am for the request to be considered that same day.
All court hearings will take place at the Watsonville court location. Date, time and Department number will be assigned by the clerk at the time of filing.
Local and State Domestic Violence Resources
- - Domestic Violence Resources
- - National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- - Safety Plan information on creating a safety plan.
Where to Get Forms and Assistance with the Forms
You can obtain restraining order court forms at a variety of locations including:
- Online at the California Courts website
- Court’s Self Help Center located at the Watsonville Courthouse
- The Santa Cruz Law Library located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 70
- Local domestic violence agencies. Please see Related Links.