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Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking often face a wide variety of civil legal challenges in the aftermath of violence/abuse. These challenges threaten the basic necessities of life: personal safety, housing, employment, education, divorce/custody, immigration, and privacy. Each Year, CCS’ legal programs provide quality legal services to hundreds of survivors of interpersonal violence. Services include walk-in clinics, by-appointment office consultations, and direct representation.

CCS’ legal programs take a holistic, client-centered approach to assisting survivors. Services are designed to empower clients with information and options to stabilize their lives, allowing them to pursue self-defined goals instead of reacting to crisis.

CCS legal services are free and confidential.

Domestic Violence Legal Services Program

The Domestic Violence Legal Services (DVS) program provides legal assistance to self-represented victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Residents of San Diego’s Central, East, and North county regions are eligible for services.  

DVS Legal Services Include:

  • Walk-In Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic at El Cajon Courthouse
  • DVRO preparation with a California-licensed attorney by appointment
  • Consultations regarding domestic violence-related family law – including divorce, custody, and family law processes
  • Preparation for restraining order and family court hearings – including mediation preparation and review
  • Safe at Home confidential address program enrollment

DV Victim Advocacy Services:

DVS partners closely with CCS’ Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy program (DVVA). Please click on the Advocacy link above for more details regarding DVVA services.

Location and Contact

Central services are located at the Family Justice Center, 1122 Broadway Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92101. Services at this location are by appointment only. Please call and leave a message at (619) 533-3580 for more information.

East County services are located at CCS’ East County Administrative Office, 460 N. Magnolia Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020. Services at this location are by appointment only. Please call and leave a message at (619) 697-7477 for more information.

CCS’ walk-in DVRO Clinic is located at the El Cajon Courthouse, 250 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020. CCS operates the clinic Tuesdays 1:00PM – 3:30PM and Thursdays & Fridays 8:30AM – 3:30PM. No appointment is needed.

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