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Where to Find Help

UPDATED January 23, 2012

Legal Assistance

California

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To appeal a court order, see our link to the Family Violence Appellate Project on the National Organizations / Appeals section.  They may be able to help CA survivors state-wide or others with CA court orders issued within the last 60 days.

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Anaheim

Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Anaheim Office
250 E. Center
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 571-5200
Phone: (800) 834-5001
Web: http://www.legal-aid.com/

Auburn

Legal Services of Northern California
Mother Lode Regional Office
190 Reamer Street
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 823-7560
Fax: (530) 823-7601
Web: http://www.lsnc.info/Home%20Page
Email: auburn-office@lsnc.net
Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer and Sierra Counties

Bakersfield

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc.
615 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Phone: (661) 325-5943
Email: gbla@lightspeed.net
Interpretation services available in Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Mixteco, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalong, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Berkeley

East Bay Community Law Center
2921 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: Office: (510) 548.4040 X345
Web: http://www.ebclc.org
Email: dbarba@aol.com
Primarily serves northern Alameda County, but may serve all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties for certain types of cases.

Chico

Legal Services of Northern California
Chico Office (Butte Region)
541 Normal Avenue
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: Office: (530) 345-9491
Phone: (800) 345-9491
Fax: (530) 345-69133
Web: http://www.lsnc.info
Email: chico-office@lsnc.net
Serving Butte, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama and seniors only in Colusa county

Compton

Community Legal Services
Thurgood Marshall Justice Center, Compton
725 West Rosecrans Avenue
Compton, CA 90222
Phone: (800) 834-5001
Phone: (714) 571-5200
Serves the residents of Carson , Compton, Cudahy, Hollydale, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Maywood, Rancho Dominguez, South Gate, Walnut Park and Willowbrook Park

Escondido

California Indian Legal Services Inc.
Administrative 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. There are five locations in California. Please check the website for office locations (http://calindian.org/cils_offices.htm)Counties Served: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Eureka

Legal Services of Northern California
Eureka Office (Redwood Region)
123 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95502
Phone: (707) 445-0866
Phone: (800) 972-0002 (Del Norte County toll free)
Fax: (707) 445-0935
Email: eureka-office@lsnc.net
Senior Legal Assistance Phone: (707) 443-9747 ext. 245. Serving Del Norte and Humboldt Counties

Fresno

Central California Legal Services (CCLS)
2115 Kern Street, Suite 1
Fresno, CA 93721
Hotline: (800) 675-8001
Phone: (559) 570-1200 or TTY: (559) 570-1256
Fax: (559) 570-1254
Web: http://www.centralcallegal.org
Serving people in Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

Indio

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
82632C US Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 342-1591
Phone: (800) 226-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/

Lompoc

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara
106 South C Street
Suite A
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 736-6582
Fax: (805) 740-2773
Web: http://lafsbc.org

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

Long Beach

Domestic Violence Clinic and Self-help Legal Access Center- Long Beach
Long Beach Courthouse
415 W. Ocean Blv., Room 40C
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 435-3501


Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach
601 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Hotline: (562) 304-2535
Phone: Legal Aid General Information Hotline: (800) 399-4529
Phone: (562) 435-3501
Fax: (562) 435-7118
Web: http://www.lafla.org/service.php?sect=muni&sub=longbeach
Service Area: LA (Greater Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor areas)

Los Angeles

Break the Cycle
Los Angeles Office
5777 W. Century Blvd. Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Hotline: (310) 286-3366 or Toll Free (888) 988-TEEN
Phone: (310) 286-3383
Fax: (310) 286-3386
Web: http://www.breakthecycle.org/
Email: legalservices@breakthecycle.org
Break the Cycle provides free and confidential legal services to young people who have been abused. Se habla espanol.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 388-7505 (general)
Phone: (213) 388-7515 (new clients) and (213) 388-7514 (existing clients)
Fax: (213) 388-7503
Web: http://www.hbcfl.org/
Email: info@hbcfl.org
By appointment. Se habla espanol.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - West Office
1102 South Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019-3111
Hotline: (800) 399-4529
Phone: (323) 801-7991
Fax: (323) 801-7945
Web: http://www.lafla.org/contact/index.asp
Assists with Asian and Pacific Islander Services, Consumer Law, and Family Law

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles--Central Office
1550 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Hotline: (800) 399-4529
Phone: (213) 640-3881
Fax: (213) 640-3850
Web: http://www.lafla.org/contact/index.asp
Assists with Housing and Eviction Defense

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles--East Office
5228 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hotline: (800) 399-4529
Phone: (213) 640-3883
Fax: (213) 640-3991
Web: http://www.lafla.org/contact/index.asp
Assists with Immigration Law and Government Benefits

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles--South Office
7000 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Hotline: (800) 399-4529
Phone: (213) 640-3950
Fax: (213) 640-3988
Web: http://www.lafla.org/contact/index.asp
Assists with Employment Law and Community Economic Development

Merced

Central California Legal Services
1640 N. Street, Suite 200
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 723-5466
Web: http://www.centralcallegal.org
For people who live in Merced, Mariposa, and Tuolumne Counties

Valley Crisis Center
529 W. 19th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Hotline: (209) 722-4357
Phone: (209) 725-7900
Web: http://www.mcs4you.org
Email: info@mcs4you.org
Opened in 2008, the Valley Crisis Center provides Merced County with domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention, and recovery services. Offers individual counseling, support groups, legal services, a 24-hour hotline, and an emergency shelter.

Monterey

YWCA Monterey County - Legal Advocacy Program
457 Webster
Monterey, CA 93940
Hotline: 831-372-6300 or 831-757-1001 or 1-800-YWCA 151 (outside the area)
Phone: 831-583-1025
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.

Norwalk

Community Legal Services
Norwalk Office
11834 E. Firestone
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: (800) 834-5001
Phone: (714) 571-5200
Serves the residents of Artesia, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Norwalk and Paramount.

Oakland

Alameda County Family Justice Center
470 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 267-8800
Web: http://www.acfjc.org


Bay Area Legal Aid
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
Hotline: (510) 250-5270
Phone: (510) 663-4744
Phone: (800) 551-5554
Fax: (510) 663-4740
Web: http://www.baylegal.org/offices/alameda
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.

Family Violence Law Center
470 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 208-0220
Fax: (510) 208-3557
Email: info@fvlc.orgLaw

Oxnard

Channel Counties Legal Services Association
250 Citrus Grove Lane., Ste 210
P.O. Box 1228
Oxnard, CA 93032-1228
Phone: (805) 487-6531
Web: http://www.usattorneylegalservices.com/free-legal-aid-california.html
Service Area: Santa Barbara (southern portion, including cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta), Ventura

Pacoima

LA County Neighborhood Legal Services
13327 Van Nuys Boulevard
Pacoima, CA 91331
Phone: (800)-433-6251
Fax: (818) 896-6647
Web: http://www.nls-la.org/
Service Area: Los Angeles (Pasadena, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, Glendale, Burbank.

Paso Robles

Paso Robles Branch
901 Park St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: 805-237-3079

Rancho Cucamonga

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
10565 Civic Center Drive Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: (909) 980-0982
Phone: (800) 977-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/

Redding

Legal Services of Northern California
Redding Office (Shasta Region)
1370 West Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 241-3565 (Office)
Phone: (800) 822-9687
Fax: (530) 241-3982
Web: http://www.lsnc.net
Email: redding-office@lsnc.net
Serving Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties

Redwood City

Bay Area Legal Aid
San Mateo County Office and Domestic Violence Clinic
539 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Hotline: (650) 472-2666
Phone: (650) 358-0745
Phone: (800) 551-5554
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.

Richmond

Bay Area Legal Aid
Main Contra Costa County Office
1025 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Hotline: (510) 250-5270 or (925) 219-3325
Phone: (510) 233-9954
Main Office Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2289 Richmond, CA 94802 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. Eastern Contra Costa County Office Address: 1901 Railroad Avenue, Suite D, Pittsburg, CA 94565

Riverside

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
1040 Iowa Avenue
Suite 109
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: (951) 368-2555
Phone: (888) 245-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Email: imorales@icls.org

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

San Andreas

The Resource Connection
593 W. St. Charles St.
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: 209-754-1443
Web: http://www.theresourceconnection.net/
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.

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/

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.

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
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)
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 x 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.

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
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)
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

San Rafael

Bay Area Legal Aid
Marin County Office
30 North San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
Hotline: (415) 354-6360 or (800) 551-5554
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

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
Email: LRChelp@lafsbc.org

Ukiah

Legal Services of Northern California
Ukiah Office (Redwood Region)
421 North Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482-4303
Phone: (707) 462-1471 (Client line)
Phone: (877) 529-7700 (Client toll free line)
Web: http://www.lsnc.net/contact.html
Email: ukiah-office@lsnc.net
(707) 462-4117 (Attorney line) Serving Lake and Mendocino Counties

Vallejo

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

Victorville

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc.
14196 Amargosa Road Suite K
Victorville, CA 92392
Phone: (760) 241-7073
Phone: (888) 805-6455
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/

Visalia

Central California Legal Services
208 West Main Street, Suite U-1
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 733-8770
Phone: 800-350-3654
For people who live in Kings and Tulare Counties; Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-12pm and 1:30pm-4pm

Watsonville

Legal Aid of the Central Coast
21 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: (408) 724-2253
Fax: (831) 724-7530
Service Area: Monterrey (urban and coastal areas south of Castroville) and Santa Cruz. Hours: Monday –Friday 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Woodland

Legal Services of Northern California
619 North Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 662-1065
Fax: (530) 662-7941
Web: http://www.lsnc.info/Home%20Page
Email: woodland-office@lsnc.net
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, closed Fridays, Serving Yolo County

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