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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 - Sacramento Office
515 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 551-2150
Fax: (916) 551-2196
Web: http://about.lsnc.net/
Serving Sacramento County.

Mil Mujeres
2398 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 2
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 256-4290
Fax: (916) 459-3690
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sacramento@milmujeres.org
Mil Mujeres provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, physical assault, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and to Spanish-speaking immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

San Bernadino

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga Office
10565 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: (909) 980-0982 (during non-business hours, apply for help online at website below)
Phone: (800) 977-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Free Legal Clinics provide legal services to low income people -- in Spanish and English. Senior Services provide free civil legal assistance to seniors who are 60 years or older and residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. - San Bernardino Office
715 N Arrowhead Avenue, Suite 113
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: (909) 884-8615 (during non-business hours, apply for help online at website below)
Phone: (800) 677-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Free Legal Clinics provide legal services to low income people -- in Spanish and English. Senior Services provide free civil legal assistance to seniors who are 60 years or older and residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. - Victorville Office
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 210
2nd Floor
Victorville, CA 92392
Phone: (760) 241-7073 (during non-business hours, apply for help online at website below)
Phone: (888) 805-6455
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Free Legal Clinics provide legal services to low income people -- in Spanish and English. Senior Services provide free civil legal assistance to seniors who are 60 years or older and residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

San Bernardino

Mil Mujeres
255 North D Street, Suite 304
P.O. Box 877
San Bernandino, CA 92402
Phone: (909) 259-0395
Fax: (909) 236-5870
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sanbernardino@milmujeres.org
Mil Mujeres provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, physical assault, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and to Spanish-speaking immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

San Diego

California Indian Legal Services, Inc. - Escondido Office
609 S. Escondido Boulevard
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 746-8941 or (800) 743-8941
Fax: (760) 746-1815
Web: http://calindian.org/
Provides free or low-cost specialized legal representation to Indians and Indian tribes. Counties served: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. - North County Office
216 S. Tremont Street

Oceanside, CA 92054
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.

Center for Community Solutions - San Diego Office
4508 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Hotline: (888) 385-4657
Phone: (858) 272-5777
Web: http://www.ccssd.org
Domestic Violence Services: Hotline, Legal Services , Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy, Counseling Services, Shelter and Transitional Services; Sexual Assault Services: Hotline, Legal Services , Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy, Counseling Services. In the legal clinic, CCS has attorneys and paralegals offer assistance with getting temporary restraining orders, custody and divorce issues and victims of crime funding claims. Also provides court accompaniment and limited in-court representation. Services available in English and Spanish.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. - Main Office
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.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. - Midtown Office
1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92110
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.

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
The Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC) is a collaborative city-wide project which helps domestic violence survivors in San Francisco get restraining orders against their abusers. The services are free and confidential. At CROC, clients meet one-on-one with an interviewer who then prepares the paperwork necessary to file for a restraining order. Interpreters are available at the clinics for clients who do not speak English or Spanish. Child care is also available. Clinic appointments are scheduled on Saturdays or on Thursday evenings. After the initial interview, CROC files the client's restraining order request at the Family Court and obtains a Temporary Restraining Order that lasts until a hearing on a Wednesday morning. The Temporary Restraining Order must be personally served on the abuser, and CROC can assist with this service. CROC attorneys accompany clients to their restraining order hearings and arrange for interpreters if necessary. At the hearing, the Court can make a Restraining Order that lasts for up to five (5) years.

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (Domestic Violence and Employment Project)
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94107
Hotline: DV & Employment Helpline (888) 864-8335
Phone: Worker's Rights Clinic (415) 864-8208
Phone: Office (415) 864-8848
Fax: (415) 593-0096
Web: http://www.las-elc.org
Email: info@las-elc.org
Operates a helpline, answering questions about the employment rights of domestic violence survivors.

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 José

Mil Mujeres
1525 McCarthy Blvd., Suite 1051
P.O. Box 640034
San José, CA 95164
Phone: (408) 217-6785
Fax: (408) 636-1620
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sanjose@milmujeres.org
Mil Mujeres provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, physical assault, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and to Spanish-speaking immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

San Mateo

Bay Area Legal Aid - Redwood City Office (San Mateo County)
539 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Hotline: (650) 472-2666
Phone: (650) 358-0745
Phone: (800) 551-5554
Web: http://baylegal.org/locations-2/san-mateo-county-2/
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. We also have a Domestic Violence Clinic - for hours, see website.

Santa Barbara

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara - Lompoc Office
604 E. Ocean Ave, Suite B
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 736-6582
Fax: (805) 740-2773
Web: http://lafsbc.org
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 (U visas). Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm Friday: by appointment. For an explanation of additional services, see the website here: http://www.lafsbc.org/services

Lompoc Legal Resource Center
Santa Barbara County Superior Court
Lompoc Court Jury Deliberation Room, 115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436-6967
Phone: (805) 736-6582
Email: LRChelp@lafsbc.orh
Offers assistance in completion of legal and court documents for various civil matters and infractions, and in properly presenting your case to the court.

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara - Santa Maria Office
301 E. Cañon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-963-6754
Fax: 805-963-6756
Web: http://lafsbc.org
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 (U visas). Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm Friday: by appointment. For an explanation of additional services, see the website here: http://www.lafsbc.org/services

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara - Santa Maria Office
301 S. Miller Street, Ste. 121
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-922-9909
Fax: 805-347-4494
Web: http://lafsbc.org
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 (U visas). Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm Friday: by appointment. For an explanation of additional services, see the website here: http://www.lafsbc.org/services

Santa Clara

Bay Area Legal Aid - San Jose Office (Santa Clara county)
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://baylegal.org/locations-2/santa-clara-county/
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 County
W. Robert Morgan Legal Services Center
480 North First Street (at Empire Street)
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 283-1550 (Family Law/Fair Housing/Immigration)
Phone: (408) 998-5200 (Office)
Web: http://www.legalaidsociety.org
Email: info@legalaidsociety.org
The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS) provides free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. LAS has the following services: Family Law - we provide legal services that include divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, conservatorship and juvenile law case work. Our family law unit also provides comprehensive domestic violence victim legal assistance; Fair Housing; Landlord/Tenant Rights - provides advice, counseling and representation in all landlord and tenant matters; Immigration and Naturalization - includes preparation and filing of petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Santa Cruz

Watsonville Law Center
315 Main Street, Suite 207
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: (831) 722-2845
Fax: (831) 761-3295
Web: http://www.watsonvillelawcenter.org/
The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals on California’s Central Coast. We focus on legal problems with long-term impacts and solutions, such as workers’ rights, consumer rights, and access to employment. WLC provides free legal advice and information to low-income individuals in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties regardless of immigration status. For hours of operation, see their website here: http://www.watsonvillelawcenter.org/?page_id=148

Solano

Legal Services of Northern California - Vallejo Office
1810 Capitol Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 643-0054
Fax: (707) 643-0144
Web: http://about.lsnc.net/
Email: vallejo-office@lsnc.net
Serving Solano County.

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