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Sheriff's Website Has Database of Those Who've Been Restrained

The San Diego County Sheriff's office has rolled out a new website that should provide some peace of mind for victims of domestic abuse. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

Sheriff's Website Has Database of Those Who've Been Restrained

The San Diego County Sheriff's office has rolled out a new website that should provide some peace of mind for victims of domestic abuse. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

The website allows victims to determine instantly whether restraining orders have actually been served on their abusers.

The database of active restraining orders can be accessed by typing in the last name or case number of the person who's being restrained. The site will contain no information about the victim in the case.

In the past, the Sheriff's Department only sent notice by mail when a restraining order had been served. The mailings will continue.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Joe Lucero tells the Union Tribune the site should be a big help to victims of domestic violence, some of whom feel like victims in their own homes.

Lucero said this may be the first website of its kind in the state.

The sheriff's website also directs victims to another website where they can download a temporary restraining order form that can be filled out in advance, as well as information on how to file an order in court.