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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
This resource will help you understand how the California Court defines domestic violence, restraining orders, where to get help and find other resources.
These pages provide tips to help keep you as safe as possible while you are still in an abusive relationship, when you are preparing to leave, and after you have left.
If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email. Check out "Ask TEEN LINE", find resources in Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.
The court can help protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse by someone you dated, lived with, or are related to.
Call (800) 799 - 7233 for Trained advocates are available to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. TTY: (800) 787 - 3224 and Videophone (855) 812 - 11
Safe at Home is California's address confidentiality program administered by the California Secretary of State"s office. The program, which provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service, is designed to help victims and survivors of domestic violence.
A comprehensive and practical guide for everyday people on how to end interpersonal violence in their community. The C.I. Toolkit gives in depth how-tos on supporting survivors of sexualized/gendered violence, organizing community accountability processes and interventions, and working together to build a future without violence.
This map is a useful tool for finding domestic violence organizations in your community who are Members of the Partnership.
Tips to prepare and what to do when you're at the court.
Identify abuse and know your relationship type.
The court can help to prevent acts of violence with restraining orders, forms, resources and FAQ.
The Basics Everyone Should Know has some basic information to help you think about what you want to do about violence. No matter what your familiarity is with the topic of interpersonal violence, including domestic violence or sexual assault, you may find it useful to read through the Basics section. The information presented here is different from the kind of basic domestic violence or sexual assault information offered in other books, websites and community education materials.
This resource is part of the larger Creative Interventions Toolkit, which can be found here: https://www.lawhelpca.org/index.php/Resource/creative-intervention-toolkit
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This resource defines stalking, cyberstalking and online harassment under the law, statistics about who is affected, California and Federal Law on stalking, tips and resources for victims.
Everyone inside the U.S. has certain legal rights, regardless of your immigration status.
Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are often cited as the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. This resource describes what economic abuse is and what to do about it.
The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Documentation of your partner"s abusive behaviors can be an important component of your case.
Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors often need to take time off from their jobs to go to court to testify against a batterer or perpetrator or to get a restraining order to protect themselves and their children. Under California Labor Code 230, which is part of the “Survivors of Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act,” survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are entitled to job-guaranteed time off from work to testify in court as a witness or to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their children. Read more at the link below.
This resource by the Women's Law organization will assist you in answering the following questions: What is domestic violence? Who does domestic violence happen to? What are the laws against domestic violence and can they help me?
Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors are often afraid of being harmed by an abuser, perpetrator of sexual assault or stalker while at work or are harmed at work by these individuals.
A practical handbook for family members and anyone seeking to address the child sexual abuse in their lives and in the lives of those around them.
This resource shares how to intervene in ways that support the person who experienced sexual abuse to heal from the impacts, and how to respond in a way that allows and requires the person who sexually abused a child to take accountability, and to truly transform their behavior.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you"re in danger.
List of documents required for the application process.
As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Sometimes, the best way to evade an abuser and reduce the risk of further violence may be to relocate and establish a new identity. Following these changes, getting a new Social Security number may also be helpful.
A list of resources on using technology with safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors.
Immigrant victims are protected by federal law.
There are laws that deal with custody and visitation rights of parents in cases of domestic violence.
Survivors of domestic violence are eligible for financial compensation for the harm they have suffered. This tool is designed to help you understand your options and how to pursue them. Take this quiz to assess what matters most to you and build awareness about your compensation options.
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Immigration, family, public benefits, criminal laws, access a broad range of victim services without regard to immigration status.
This resource includes information about reporting and receiving help for domestic violence on military bases. What are the differences between the military justice system and the civil justice system? What is an MPO (Military Order of Protection)? Are MPO's and civil protective orders valid wherever I go?
This page includes general information about domestic violence in tribal law, information on tribal protection orders, and links to other online resources for domestic violence on tribal land.
This page includes information about Military Protective Orders and their protection on military bases
A restraining order protects someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed.