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The Legal Program at the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention works to help end domestic violence through direct client assistance, and through community education and advocacy. Our staff assists individuals through the process of obtaining domestic violence restraining orders, child custody, visitation and support orders. We also provide help in preparing for court hearings and child custody mediation appointments as well as representation at court hearings. Low income victims of domestic violence may also be eligible to receive assistance and representation on other family law issues, including divorce.

How do I access DVP's legal services?

Call our 24-hour support line at (650) 312-8515. A counselor will provide you with available options including an appointment with one of our staff, if appropriate. The counselor may also refer you to other available legal assistance.

How do I get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

You can make an appointment with our staff by calling our support line or you can go directly to the courthouse either in Redwood City or South San Francisco. Complete information on qualifying for the restraining order, courthouse hours, etc. is available at San Mateo County's court Website.

How do I get help with a divorce?

There are many ways to get help with filing for divorce. You can hire an attorney or paralegal, do it yourself with the assistance of a book (Nolo Press publishes "How to Do Your Own Divorce"), or call our support line to see if you qualify for assistance through DVP's Legal Program or for referrals to a variety of community agencies.

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