In response to the current pandemic of novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), on March 16, 2020 the Alameda County Public Health Department issued a Shelter-In-Place Order requiring Alameda County residents, including the residents of Oakland, to remain in their homes except for certain designated exceptions; the Department has since extended shelter-in-place requirements through May 3, 2020. In addition, on March 19, 2020 Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order requiring all California residents to shelter in place except for those working in or accessing certain essential businesses or services.
While Shelter in Place measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, they can pose serious risks for residents who are experiencing domestic and/or interpersonal violence while sheltering in place. These Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) are intended to clarify the current shelter-in-place requirements as they relate to residents facing domestic or other interpersonal violence. Oakland City Attorney, Barbara J. Parker and Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley jointly answer these FAQs:https://www.alcoda.org/newsroom/files/FAQ-DV-and-Interpersonal-Violence.pdf
What are the definitions of interpersonal and domestic violence?
Am I allowed to leave my residence if domestic or other interpersonal violence makes my home unsafe for me, my child, my pet, my parent, and/or another intimate or family member?
Do the shelter-in-place requirements mean domestic violence shelters, crisis intervention, and other support services are closed?
If I need to leave my residence because of domestic or other interpersonal violence, where can I go?
Can I seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) while the shelter-in-place orders are in effect?
I had a temporary restraining order (TRO) prior to the shelter in place declaration and I am worried it has since expired. What should I do?
I am not experiencing violence personally, but I believe I can hear a person or animal being abused. What can I do to help?
If I call the police because I or someone I know is being abused, will they ask about my immigration status?