Elder Abuse Restraining Orders FAQ


What is a “dependent adult?”

A dependent adult is defined as someone who is between the ages of 18 and 64, who has physical or mental limitations which restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or protect his or her rights.  This includes, but is not limited to, persons who have physical or developmental disabilities or whose physical or mental abilities have diminished because of age.


How does a restraining order help me?

The court can order a person to:

  • Not abuse, harass, hit, or threaten you
  • Not contact or go near you, and
  • Not possess a gun


Where do I go to get a restraining order?

Residents in the west part of Ventura County can go to the Ventura Courthouse, 804 S Victoria Ave, Room 311 to begin the restraining order process.  For residents in East County, go to the Simi Valley Courthouse, 3855 Alamo St.  However, you may go to either location regardless of where you live.


How much does a restraining order cost?

If the restraining order is being sought as a result of violence or fear, the fees are waived.  The restraining order process is done at no cost to you.  Bring a copy of your police report, or the report number, with you when you come to the courthouse.


What if I am deaf?

If you are deaf, contact the clerk at least 5 days before the hearing.  Ask for an interpreter or other accommodation. 

How long does the order last?

If granted, an elder abuse restraining order can last up to three years.


What if the restrained person does not obey the order?

Call the police.  Under penal code 166(a)(4), the person could be guilty of a misdemeanor crime.  If convicted, this could result in a fine and up to one year imprisonment in the county jail. 

In order for a restraining order to be valid, the restrained party must be properly served.