California law provides a number of ways to protect yourself from domestic violence. The most well known method is is Domestic Violence Restraining Orders under California Family Code Section 6300. However, its important to note that California provides a number of protections available to the victims of domestic violence beyond a stay away and non-contact orders that are designed not only to prohibited contact, but, to thwart individuals who might try and circumvent such court orders.
For example, California Election Code Sections 5166 and 5166.5 provides a series of procedures for making confidential one’s name and address with the county elections voter registrar. The idea being that, one’s voting registration information (including address) is generally open to the public. Specifically California Code Section 5166 provides that one has the ability to Petition a judge that such information be confidential. If such an order is granted then only the California Secretary of State address is listed, and, the California Secretary of State forwards all election materials to the victim.
Given our approaching national election, it is relief to know that such laws in California are already in place to not only protect victims, but, to prevent abusers from gaining information that could be used to continue their miscreant behavior.
The attorneys at Jones & Devoy have experience in all manner of Domestic Violence matters and can assist not only in obtaining a TRO Restraining Order but can help with all other related aspects that crop up during a DV matter such as stalking, sexual assault, or other such behavior.