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Pets in protective orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: CA

By California, Policy

CALIFORNIA allows domestic violence protective orders to include pets. In addition, federal law includes the crime of stalking and actions that make the victim fear that the stalker will hurt the victim’s pet, service or emotional support animal, or horse (18 U.S.C. § 2261A (2019)). BLUE STATES specifically provide for the inclusion of pets in protective/restraining orders. GRAY STATES do not…

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Address Confidentiality Program

Address Confidentiality Laws: CA

By California, Policy

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way. The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address…

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Audio Video Surveillance

Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: CA

By California, Policy

CALIFORNIA is considered an All-Party Consent State, in that all people involved in the recorded communication must give permission. BUT… There are circumstances and spaces that can affect whether you can legally record your abuser, even in a 1-party consent state. Under California law, it is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to record a confidential conversation without the…

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