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Your Rights FAQs

  • What are some of the unique rights for domestic violence victims filing for a protection from abuse order (PFA)?
    • The person asking for a protection from abuse order cannot be charged any fees or costs by the court;
    • The court must provide forms and clerical assistance in English and Spanish to help write and file the petition for a protection from abuse order with the court if the person is not represented by a lawyer; and
    • The court shall provide oral and written information, in English and Spanish, about where the person asking for protection can get help at the local domestic violence program, the local legal services office and the county bar association's lawyer referral service.

  • What are law enforcement agencies responsibilities to victims of domestic violence?
    They shall provide victims of domestic violence:
    • oral and written notice of the availability of safe shelter and of domestic violence services in the community, including the hotline number of domestic violence services.
    • written notice that they have the right to file a petition with the court to request an order for protection from domestic abuse.