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Orange County Resources

Catholic Charities of Orange County Immigration and Citizenship Services Department

Fosters family unity, economic empowerment, civic participation, and social integration by providing low cost (or no cost depending on funding), high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants and refugees to obtain legal immigrant status or United States Citizenship. We provide services in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Tagalog and English.

Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic

Provides legal advice, legal assistance and representation to low-income and homeless survivors of domestic violence.

Community Legal Aid SoCal
We have a strong commitment to holistic legal aid for low-income residents. Community Legal Aid SoCal promotes equal access to the justice system through advocacy, self-help services, community education, legal counseling and representation. We provide free, high-quality civil legal services to society’s most vulnerable members, whose human rights and basic needs are jeopardized and for whom significant barriers to justice exist.

DVAP (Domestic Violence Assistance Program)

Staff is available to assist you complete the forms for a Domestic Violence or Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Protective Orders at the Lamoreaux Justice Center (7th Floor, Room 705), 341 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92863.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm (closed 12:00pm-12:30pm)      Telephone: (714) 935-7956

EA Clinic (Elder abuse clinic)

Free clinic for people who want to file or respond to a Elder Abuse Temporary Restraining Order.

Fair Housing Council of Orange County

Services provided by the Fair Housing Council include fair housing enforcement and education, landlord/tenant counseling, mediation and homebuyer HUD counseling which includes first-time homebuyer education and mortgage default counseling.

Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP

Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP is proud to provide pro bono services for victims of serious abuse in Orange County. We believe every attorney’s obligation is to provide some level of pro bono legal services to victims of crime or violence. Our focus is married or unmarried women or men who have been the victim of serious domestic violence in the County of Orange and are in need of a restraining order against their abuser.

The Office of the Family Law Facilitator

The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides education, information and explains options without giving legal advice. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator can assist self-represented litigants in handling their own child and spousal support cases.

Orange County Family Justice Center

OCFJC Foundation provides direct victim assistance and empowerment and prevention resources to victims and families whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse. We transform victims into survivors and break the cycle of violence.

Orange County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service

The OCBA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) is the only non-profit legal referral service in Orange County sponsored by the OCBA. It has been referring callers to some of Orange County’s finest attorneys for over 50 years. LRIS panel attorneys have expertise in 35 areas of the law. Each call is carefully screened by trained representatives to assure referral to the right attorney. Prospective clients receive a free brief consultation to review the legal issue and discuss fees.

Orange County Public Defender

A voice for the poor, the Orange County Public Defender provides legal representation to those unable to afford a lawyer in criminal, juvenile, mental health and dependency cases.

Public Law Center

The Public Law Center is a pro-bono law firm that provides access to justice for low-income residents of Orange County

Santa Ana Family Justice Center

The SAFJC is a partnership between the Santa Ana Police Department and 17 social services organizations to provide a “one stop shop” where survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse can receive the assistance and support they need. 

Self Help Center

SERVICES INCLUDE PROCEDURAL ASSISTANCE FOR: Divorce, Legal Separation, Custody, Visitation Support; Establishing a legal parent relationship for a child/children when there is no marriage; Restraining Orders; Guardianship; Name Change; Landlord/Tenant (Eviction); Cleaning up your criminal record; Small Claims, Civil Lawsuits, Traffic Tickets, Conservatorships, and Adoptions. SELF-HELP CENTERS SERVICES INCLUDE: Workshops, How to booklets and form packets, and Public computers with access to legal websites and easy to use document preparation software and SmartForms.

 UCI Domestic Violence Clinic

Law students in the Domestic Violence Clinic provide transformative legal representation to domestic violence survivors and their children.

 UCI Criminal Justice Clinic

The Criminal Justice Clinic represents low-income individuals in state criminal court and helps non-citizens seek post-conviction relief when facing immigration consequences of past criminal offenses. 

 Veterans Legal Institute

Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members.


A nonprofit resource building safer communities by helping people find their way. Whether redirecting youth offenders, helping sheltered children get back on track, unifying troubled families, resolving community conflicts or empowering victims of violence, Waymakers clears the path so clients can advance beyond crisis.

Statewide and National Resources

CalVCB (California Victim Compensation Board)

Can help pay bills and expenses that result from violent crime. Victims of crime who have been injured or have been threatened with injury may be eligible for help.

Free From

FreeFrom is a national organization, based in Los Angeles, whose mission is to dismantle the nexus between intimate partner violence and financial insecurity. Compensation Compass: As a survivor of domestic violence, you could be eligible for money to cover some of the costs of the harm you experienced. This tool is designed to help you understand your options and how to pursue them. But first, answer a few short questions to better understand your priorities as you decide what type of compensation is best for you.

Labor Commissioner’s Office

The mission of the California Labor Commissioner’s Office is to ensure a just day’s pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. By combating wage theft, protecting workers from retaliation, and educating the public, we put earned wages into workers’ pockets and help level the playing field for law-abiding employers. This office is also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

Legal Aid at Work

Offers free clinics, helplines, and information about workers rights.

Safe at Home

Safe at Home is a confidential address program administered by the California Secretary of State’s office and is most effective when used as a part of an overall safety plan. Safe at Home offers victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking & elder and dependent abuse, as well as reproductive health care workers, a substitute mailing address to receive first class, certified, and registered mail.

Online/National Resources

DocuSAFE: Documentation and Evidence Collection App

DocuSAFE is a free app that helps survivors collect, store, and share evidence of abuse, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, online harassment, and dating violence.

Stalking Harassment and Risk Profile (SHARP) Risk Assessment

While many threat assessments focus primarily on domestic violence, SHARP is a tool designed specifically to examine and assess stalking. SHARP is a 43 item web-based assessment which provides an assessment of the “big picture” of the stalking situation. It also provides a situational risk profile that consists of 12 factors associated with a wide variety of harms including physical or sexual attack, harm to others, ongoing and escalating stalking and harassment, and life sabotage.

Legal information for victims. Includes state-by-state breakdown of laws.

Local Community Resources:

OC Links helps to put people in touch with needed services. Family members, friends, or anyone seeking services or resources can call for help. Linkage and referral services can include children and adult mental health, alcohol and drug inpatient and outpatient, crisis programs, and prevention and early intervention services.

Phone: (855) 625-4657

Share Our Selves provides medical and dental care, behavioral health services, and food, clothing and emergency financial aid to low-income families.

Phone: (949) 270-2100

Families Forward offers a comprehensive array of services targeting families who are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Phone: (949) 552-2727

SPIN helps low-income working families with children secure permanent housing and provides meals, hygiene kits, warm clothing, blankets and more to homeless individuals and families.

Phone: (714) 751-1101

Illumination Foundation works to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness.

Phone: (949) 273-0555

Orange County Adult Protective Services helps prevent and remedy neglect, abuse or exploitation of adults over 65.

Phone: (800) 451-5155

Strong Families, Strong Children offers a comprehensive array of services targeting veterans, military families and children.

Phone: (949) 757-3635

State & National Resources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Childhelp National Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (2-4453)

California Youth Crisis Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)

National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline
1-855-812-1001 (videophone) or [email protected]