For Filing Parties
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs, also called Protective Orders) are civil legal orders that tell a person who has harmed an intimate partner or family member what they can and cannot do while the DVRO is in effect.
Every person’s situation is different. A judge reviews each restraining order application and grants orders that will best protect you and your family. If the person who harmed you has firearms, that information is important to share with the judge.
The goal of DVROs is to keep protected people safe. As part of keeping people safe, all restraining orders in California and Contra Costa include the legal requirement that the restrained person must give up any guns, gun parts, and ammunition they own, have or control.
In California, all Restraining Orders include gun relinquishment requirements. To learn more about these types of ROs, visit this California Courts page.
*A Gun Violence Restraining Order restrains a person found to be at risk of harming themself or others only —harm need not yet have occurred, and no protected person or people are named. GVROs can be requested by law enforcement or concerned family and household members. To learn more about GVROs, visit this California Courts page.
In Contra Costa County, prevention and intervention help is available. Click in the boxes below to find out more information:
Contact a Navigator at the Contra Costa Family Justice Center Richmond: 510-974-7200 Concord: 925-521-6366 Antioch: 925-281-0970
Free consultations with Lawyers for Family Justice are available.
Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal advice to DV survivors and holds weekly Restraining Order clinics. Advice line: 1-800-551-5544. To make a clinic appointment call STAND! or Family Justice Center.
Connect with a Domestic Violence Advocate at STAND! for Families Free of Violence888-215-555524-Hour Crisis Line
For a directory of Domestic Violence Organizations in California, click here.
Find more information and resources for DV survivors and service providers at endinggv.org
Between 2010 and 2023, there were 122 domestic violence-related homicides or suicides in Contra Costa County. Of these, gunshot wounds were the most frequent cause of death (59%). For more information on domestic violence in Contra Costa, visit this page.
Intimate partner and family violence affect our whole community, and Contra Costa is creating a countywide response. Contra Costa County brings together staff from the District Attorney’s Office, Employment and Human Services Department, Bay Area Legal Aid, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department, health providers, and domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking organizations. These collaborative efforts include a High-Risk Domestic Violence Review Team, a Domestic Violence Death Review Team, and a Strangulation Task Force.
Teams meet on an ongoing basis to collaborate on high-risk cases and develop preventive strategies.