DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL SERVICES
Survivors of Domestic Violence have a variety of legal issues they must overcome. These legal issues are challenging and can threaten their safety, housing, employment, custody, and immigration status. WRC provides legal information and referrals to programs that are sensitive and knowledgeable of the special needs domestic violence survivors have.
Please call our hotline Mon-Friday 24 hrs a day 7 days a week or come by the office to speak with a case manager.
WHAT IS A DVRO?
A domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) is a civil court order that is signed by a judge and tells the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to both female and male victims. There are 3 types of restraining orders: Emergency Protective Order (EPO) is issued when a police officer who has responded to an incident calls and speaks to a judge. It only lasts for 5 days, long enough for the protected person to get to a courthouse to file paperwork for a permanent order. Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is issued if you feel you are in immediate danger and need protection right away. The judge will grant you a TRO which can order the abuser to leave the home, have no contact with you, and offer many other forms of protection until your permanent restraining order court date. Permanent Restraining Order requires a court hearing in front of a judge and allows the abuser the opportunity respond. This order can last 3 to 5 years and allows for an extension to be filed 3 months before it is meant to expire.
For more information on restraining orders, divorce, and other legal matters a great resource is WomensLaw.org. WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by Elizabeth Martin with the help of a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates, and web designers who were interested in seeing the power of the Internet help survivors of domestic violence. In 2001, the WomensLaw.org website was launched to provide state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence.
Legal Aid of San Diego, Inc. has a north county office in Oceanside. 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.
SAFE AT HOME
- your court papers
- your driver’s license
- your voter registration papers
- if you decide to get married while on the programs, your address will remain confidential on those documents as well.
- Any Service of Process delivered to the address also will be passed on to you.
- If you follow the rules, you can use the address for up to four (4) years.