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Where to Find Help

UPDATED March 19, 2015

Legal Assistance

California

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.   We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

 

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Sacramento

Legal Services of Northern California
Executive and Business Offices
517- 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 551-2150
Fax: (916) 551-2196
Web: http://www.lsnc.net
Email: exec-office@lsnc.net
For further information or questions about Legal Services of Northern California, contact the Executive Office or any branch office of Legal Services of Northern California.

Salinas

YWCA Monterey County - Legal Advocacy Program
236 Monterey Street
Salinas, CA
Hotline: 831-372-6300 or 831-757-1001 or 1-800-YWCA 151 (outside the area)
Phone: 831-422-8602
Fax: 831-655-9222
Web: http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=anJHKMNrFqG&b=482991
Email: lraville@ywcamc.org
Free assistance with restraining orders and accompaniment to court hearings. The Restraining Order Clinic hours of operation are Mondays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. To make an appointment with a Legal Advocate, please call our Salinas office at(831) 422-8602

San Andreas

The Resource Connection
593 W. St. Charles St., Suite B
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: (209) 754-3114
Phone: (209) 754-2000
Fax: (209) 754-4014
Web: http://trcac.org/
Email: info@trcac.org
The Resource Connec­tion’s programs and ser­vices related to chil­dren and fam­i­l­ies, nutri­tion, and pre­ven­tion and inter­ven­tion are offered to res­i­dents through­out Amador and Calav­eras counties. Open Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30.

San Bernardino

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
715 N Arrowhead Avenue, Suite 113
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: (909) 884-8615
Phone: (800) 677-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Our Advocates provide legal advice and counsel through: free legal aid clinics, a senior citizen outreach site.

San Diego

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
110 S. Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: 1-877-534-2524
Web: http://www.lassd.org
Legal Aid is available to low income individuals & disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines determine eligibility for free legal services.

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)
427 C Street
Suite 208
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.515.2200
Phone: 619.515.2211
Web: http://icwclaw.org/
Email: info@icwclaw.org
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California (you can live in any county). ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. ICWC provides legal services on a sliding scale fee system that is based on income and family size. Please call the Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco offices for an appointment.

San Francisco

Bay Area Legal Aid
San Francisco Office
1035 Market Street, 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hotline: (415) 354-6360
Phone: (415) 982-1300
Fax: (415) 982-4243
Web: http://www.baylegal.org/offices/san-francisco/
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
631 Howard Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105-3907
Phone: (415) 777-2752
Web: http://www.crla.org
Provides low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Service Area: Colusa, Imperial, Madera, Monterey (North Coast and Salinas Valley areas), San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara (Gilroy and Morgan Hill areas), Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yuba, Kern (northwest portion), Santa Barbara (northern portion including Santa Maria.

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
3543 18th Street, Box #5
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hotline: (415) 255-0165
Phone: (415) 864-1790 (office)
Fax: (415) 241-9491
Web: http://www.probono.net/sf/volunteer/item.cooperative_restraining_order_clinic_croc
Email: emberly@roclinic.org
Offers legal assistance in applying for domestic violence restraining orders, including child custody and child support if you have a child with your abuser; call hotline to make an appointment. Located in San Francisco.

Free Battered Women
1540 Market St., Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 255-7036 ext. 304
Fax: (415) 552-3150
Web: http://www.freebatteredwomen.org/index.html
Email: info@freebatteredwomen.org
Free Battered Women seeks to end the re-victimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgender people. We achieve this through community organizing, parole advocacy, public education, media campaigns, and policy work.

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)
3543 18th Street #32
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 861-1449
Fax: (619) 515-2211
Web: http://icwclaw.org/
Email: info@icwclaw.org
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California (you can live in any county). ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. ICWC provides legal services on a sliding scale fee system that is based on income and family size. Please call the Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco offices for an appointment.

San Jose

Bay Area Legal Aid
Santa Clara Office
2 West Santa Clara Street, 8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Hotline: (408) 850-7066
Phone: (408) 283-3700
Fax: (408) 283-3750
Web: http://www.baylegal.org/
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara, W. Robert Morgan Legal Services Center
480 North First Street (at Empire Street)
P.O. Box 103
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 283-1550 (Family Law Information)
Phone: (408) 998-5200 (Office)
Web: http://www.legalaidsociety.org
Email: info@legalaidsociety.org
Our representation ensures that our clients have equal access to the justice system and our outreach and education programs provide the community members with needed tools to advocate for themselves and to lead more independent and knowledgeable lives. Available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

San Rafael

Bay Area Legal Aid
Marin County Office
30 North San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 479-8224
Fax: (415) 479-8549
Web: http://www.baylegal.org
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Santa Ana

Legal Aid Society of Orange County
2102 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (800) 834-5001
Phone: (714) 571-5200
Web: http://www.legal-aid.com
Serves the residents of Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Tustin, Villa Park and Westminster.

Santa Barbara

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara
301 E. Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 963-6754
Fax: (805) 963-6756
Web: http://www.lafsbc.org/
Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm, Friday: by appointment. Legal assistance is provided free to low-income people and senior citizens in the following areas of law: domestic violence, elder abuse, landlord/tenant, unlawful detainer (eviction), guardianship & conservatorship (of the person only),foreclosure, housing & homelessness, immigration assistance for victims of crimes.

Santa Maria

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Location
301 S. Miller Street, Suite 116
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 922-9909
Fax: (805) 347-4494
Web: http://www.lafsbc.org/
Email: LRChelp@lafsbc.org
Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm, Friday: by appointment. Legal assistance is provided free to low-income people and senior citizens in the following areas of law: domestic violence, elder abuse, landlord/tenant, unlawful detainer (eviction), guardianship & conservatorship (of the person only),foreclosure, housing & homelessness, immigration assistance for victims of crime.

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