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Domestic Violence Project-
Information for Victims

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Information for Victims
Volunteer attorneys, law students and staff provide free one-on-one legal assistance ($20.00 processing donation. Waiver possible) to obtain restraining orders for victims of domestic violence at the following locations:

Los Angeles Superior Court
111 N. Hill Street
Department 8, Room 245
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pasadena Superior Court
300 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Call for a bilingual (Spanish/English) recorded message of current hours of the project: (213) 624-3665. You must come in person. We cannot assist you by telephone. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is "domestic violence"?

How do you help victims of domestic violence?

Are there cases where you cannot help?

What if I want an attorney to appear in court with me?

What does it cost?

Where do I go?

What should I bring with me?

How long does it take to get a restraining order?

What can I do if I cannot get to the courthouse right away?

Are there any outside agencies who can help me?

What is "domestic violence"?
Violence or threats of immediate violence by certain family members, a partner you live with or have lived with, your husband or wife, an ex-spouse, a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, the father or mother of your child, your child, your parents, your brother or sister.

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How do you help victims of domestic violence?
We prepare the legal documents so you can get a restraining order against the person who has been violent with you or threatened violence against you. We also advise you regarding court procedure and service of documents. We may also help if someone has obtained a domestic violence restraining order against you.

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We cannot help in the following cases:

Landlord/tenant disputes
Neighborhood conflicts
Child support or financial problems
Custody problems that do not involve domestic violence

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What if I want an attorney to appear in court with me?

We can appear in court with you in certain, selected cases. If you want an attorney and can afford to pay attorney fees, please call our Lawyer Referral and Information Service at (213) 243-1525.

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What does it cost?
We accept a $20 processing donation (waiver possible in some instances) for providing assistance. However, there is no filing fee charged for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. There is no charge for having the sheriff serve the papers.

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Where do I go?
To the locations listed at the top of this page. Please call the recorded information phone number for exact hours.
Parking lots near the downtown courthouse charge $5-12 per day. It is often easier and less expensive to take the bus. Parking at branch courts may be less expensive.

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What should I bring with me?

Bring the following to the courthouse with you:

The full name and description of the person you seek to restrain
Any notes you have about your domestic violence problem, including dates or approximate dates of violence
A pen with black ink
Copies of any police reports you may have
Copies of any medical records relating to the violence you may have
Copies of any prior court orders involving the person you want restrained, if available

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How long does it take to get a restraining order?
We try to get all of the paperwork completed the same day. You will be in court a long time. You may not want to bring your children because some courtrooms will not allow them; if you must bring children, however, try to bring a friend or relative to watch them and bring things to entertain them. There is currently a child care center in the L.A. Courthouse (ages 2-1/2 (toilet trained) to 13 years old.) 

Try to arrive early. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The Court is closed between 12:00 -1:30 p.m. And the Court will not file papers after 3:30 p.m.

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What can I do if I cannot get to the courthouse right away?
Protect your personal safety and that of your children first. Stay away from the violent or threatening person. You may wish to contact a shelter. You should ask the police officer for an Emergency Protective Order. Request one if you feel you are in danger. If you are having a problem, and the police officer will not arrest the person causing the violence against you discuss with the police officer your right to make a citizens arrest and then come to the Court as soon as possible.

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OUTSIDE AGENCIES:

The following agencies will assist you in locating appropriate remedies to your legal situation. The list is not comprehensive. You may want to seek additional information. The Los Angeles County Bar Association is not responsible for the type of services that you receive from any of these organizations.

MAYNARD TOLL CENTER
111. N Hill St. Rm. 245
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-11:30 (walk-in's only)
Services: All types of family law
Pro Per matters only
Clients must meet low-income requirements

HARRIET BUHAI CENTER FOR FAMILY LAW
(323) 939-2174 Must call for appointment
Tuesday – Friday 1:30-4:30 pm
Services: All types of Family Law
Clients must meet low-income requirements
Pro Per matters ONLY. No Representation
Cost: $20 Fee waiver possible

LEVITT & QUINN FAMILY LAW CENTER
1557 Beverly Blvd (1 mile west of courthouse)
Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 482-1800
Walk in accepted Monday – Thursday at 8:15 am
Services: All types of Family Law
Cost: Based on income ($60 - $180)

LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
1241 S. Soto Street, Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 980-3500
Call for eligibility and appointments
Clients must reside in Los Angeles County
Services: Family and Housing Law
Cost: No cost for qualifying clients

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL CENTER
(213) 977-7500 By appointment only
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Services: Most types of Family Law
Representation if necessary but seldom given

LOS ANGELES FREE CLINIC
(323) 655-2697 by appt only.
Services: Family Law, Immigration, Youth Clinic, Bankruptcy
Cost: $25.00

CLASP CONSORTIUM
1736 FAMILY CRISIS CENTER
(213) 741-5050 ext. 211
24 hr hotlines: (213) 745-6434 or (310) 379-3620
3375 S. Hoover St., Ste. K
Los Angeles, CA 90007
601 South Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Services: Counseling, Shelters, Support Groups and others

JACKIE ROBINSON CENTER
(626) 744-7300 Walk-ins or Appointments
1020 N. Fairoaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Services: Civil Harassment, Tenant/Landlord Senior Programs (Consumer Action Dept.)
Cost: $20 For qualifying low income

GUARDIANSHIP ASSISTANCE
1149 S. Hill St., Rm. 252
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Walk-ins accepted on Tuesday, Wed & Thurs from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Services: Guardianship. No representation
Cost: Free to qualifying clients

LACBA LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SMART LAW
(213) 243-1525 (213) 483-4913 TDD
Service: Referrals to private attorneys
Cost: Initial fee of $35

ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
(213) 368-6010
3333 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 420
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Services: Represent Children in Guardianship, Foster Care, Dependency, Emancipation, etc.
Cost: No fee

LANDLORD/TENANT ASSISTANCE
(213) 613-2760
110 N. Grand Ave., Rm 526
Los Angeles, CA
Services: Assistance in evictions
Cost: $50-150 Depending on income

BET TZEDEK LEGAL SERVICES
(323) 939-0506 by appt. only
145 S. Fairfax Ave., #200, LA
Services: Senior Services, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant
Cost: Free to low income

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINIC
1725 Main St., Rm. 121
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Services: Guardianship
No representation
Cost: Free to qualifying clients

LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES
(800) 399-4529 or (800) 834-5001
Compton/Norwalk areas.
Must call for appointment
Services: Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Immigration, Government Benefits
Cost: Free to qualifying low-income residents.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
(213) 351-5602 or (213) 639-4100
(800) 540-4000 or (800) 697-4444
3075 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9010
Services: Adoption, Foster Care, etc.

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN'S COURT
(323) 526-6646
201 Centre Plaza Dr.
Monterey Park, CA

LOS ANGELES 24 HR HOTLINE FOR BATTERED WOMEN
(818) 887-6589
P.O. Box 260
Canoga Park, CA 91305
Services: Legal counseling
Cost: No fee

DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICES
Paternity Actions
Central Civil West, Dept. 2E/2F
500 S. Commonwealth, 16th Fl.
Child Abduction Investigator
(213) 974-7424
320 W. Temple St., Rm 780
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS AND SERVICES
GRACE CENTER

(626) 355-4545

HAVEN HOUSE
(323) 681-2626

D.A. HOTLINE
(800) 978-3600

VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
City of Los Angeles
(213) 485-6976

LINKS:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
http://www.ndvh.org

The National Domestic Violence Hotline links individuals to help in their area using a nationwide database that includes detailed information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs.

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at
(800) 799-SAFE or from a TTY at (800) 787-3224.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
P.O. Box 161810
Austin, TX  78716

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