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Frequently Asked Questions
Domestic Violence

  • What is Domestic Violence?

    Penal Code 13700 describes Domestic Violence as: "an abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship."  Abuse is described as: "intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another."


  • What can I do if I or someone else is a victim of Domestic Violence?

If you or someone else you know is being hurt by someone right now, call 9-1-1 immediately.  If you are wondering what options you have as a victim, there are several internet resources on our Helpful Resources page or you can call the District Attorney's Victim-Witness Program at (209) 468-2500.  You can call for more information from the police department at (209) 239-8401.

  • How can I obtain a restraining order against someone?

You can get a Domestic Violence restraining order from the Manteca Superior Court at 315 E. Center St. Manteca or the Stockton Superior Court at 222 E. Weber St. Stockton.  You can also call the Victim-Witness Program at (209) 468-2500 for assistance.




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