Chapter 9 - Directory of Services & Information

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This general directory lists various legal assistance agencies and other organizations that may be able to provide legal assistance and general information on the subjects discussed in this book. This directory is not a complete list of every women's organization in California, and addresses and/or telephone numbers may change. Many of the organizations listed here may be able to direct you to another organization that can help you with specific problems.

General Legal Assistance

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Legal Aid Societies/Neighborhood Legal Assistance/Legal Services

Legal aid societies are funded by the federal government and usually are open only to lower income people. Legal aid lawyers handle a wide range of problems, including ones particular to women, such as sex discrimination in housing, credit and employment.

An example of a legal aid society in San Francisco is the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation. The Women's Litigation Unit is a section of this foundation that handles sex discrimination cases; the Domestic Relations Unit handles divorce cases.

The Legal Services Corporation is a private nonprofit corporation that funds various California legal aid societies. It will put you in touch with the legal aid society in your area.

Legal Services Corporation
(202) 336-8800

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American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU is a national, nonprofit organization handling many types of civil rights problems, including women's rights. The ACLU has its own lawyers and maintains a referral service to other organizations and women's groups that handle specific problems.

ACLU referral information numbers for major California cities are:

San Francisco (415) 621-2488
Los Angeles (213) 977-9500

Many local chapters of the ACLU have a referral hotline. Check your telephone directory.

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Minority Legal Defense Groups

Those groups are listed in the telephone directory under the name of the minority or sponsoring group. Examples are:

San Francisco

  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Law Caucus

Los Angeles

  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Chicano Service Action Center
  • Asian Law Collective


  • Asian Law Caucus
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Mexican-American Family Department, Family Legal Services

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California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)

CRLA deals with age discrimination, employment discrimination, housing problems, pension disputes and nursing home conditions. Although CRLA concentrates on servicing community groups, it will refer individuals to other legal groups for assistance. Telephone numbers are:

San Francisco (415) 864-3405
Sacramento (916) 446-7901

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Law Centers

Many specialized law centers exist in California. Some of them are listed below:

San Francisco

  • Title VII Project, Lawyer's Committee for Urban Affairs,
  • part of San Francisco Bar Association
  • Youth Law Center
  • Public Advocates
  • Equal Rights Advocates, Inc.
  • South Folsom Law Firm
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • San Francisco Consumer Action
  • Lesbian Mothers Legal Aid
  • Advocates for Women
  • Community of Legal Services
  • Employment Law Center
  • Child Care Law Center
  • La Casa de las Madres
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • Lesbian Rights Project

Los Angeles

  • Youth Law Center
  • National Senior Citizens Center
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Family Law Center
  • Women's Litigation
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • The Women's Switchboard
  • Barristers' Domestic Violence Project
  • Battered Women's Legal Counseling Clinic
  • Family Law Project
  • Gay and Lesbian Legal Referral Services
  • Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Women's Legal Clinic

San Diego

  • Equal Rights Advisors, Inc.
  • The Center for Women's Studies and Services
  • Legal Clinic for Battered Women
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego
  • YWCA's Battered Women's Services

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Small Claims Court

Every county has a small claims court -- a special court where people can sue without a lawyer to recover money or damages not exceeding $5,000. (Code Civ. Proc., § 116.220.) Check with the small claims court in your county to determine if that court suits your needs. If your claim for money is higher than the limit, you may still file in small claims court, but the amount of your claim exceeding the limit will be forfeited and cannot be recovered in any court. Only by not using the small claims court and filing in a higher (municipal or superior) court can you ask for an amount greater than the limit. In small claims court, you cannot be represented by a lawyer -- you represent yourself. However, you can consult a lawyer beforehand and some counties offer free legal advice for small claims litigants.

If you are over 18 years of age, you can file a claim in small claims court. There is a small filing fee. For more information, contact the small claims court in your county and ask for an information booklet. It is important to be well-prepared when you present your claim before the judge in small claims court, and to have receipts and other evidence with you in court to support your claim. (See Code Civ. Proc., § 116 et seq.)

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Lawyer Referral Services for Private Attorneys

County and city bar associations and private lawyer referral services direct callers to local, private attorneys according to the specific legal problem. The first consultation with the attorney is usually provided at a minimum fee. If you decide to retain the attorney, you will be charged the regular attorneys' fees, and if you cannot afford this, you will be referred to a legal aid group. For lawyer referral, contact the bar association in your city or county or a lawyer referral service listed in the yellow pages of your phone book.

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District Attorney's Office, Family Support Unit

Parents who need legal assistance to collect child support under a court order may get legal help from the Family Support Unit of their local district attorney's office. For phone numbers, check your local telephone book.

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California Women Lawyers Association (CWL)

CWL is a statewide organization of women attorneys. It maintains a referral list and can provide information about local women lawyers' organizations.

California Women Lawyers
1303 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-3703

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Divorce: Alternative Services

The Divorce Centers of California, Inc., is one of a number of organizations that offer nonlegal help in obtaining "do it yourself" divorces in California. Their fees for a regular divorce range from $95 to $150. For a summary divorce, the fee is $50. The only additional cost is your particular county's filing fee. Divorce Centers has offices in Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Check your local telephone book for listings under "Divorce Assistance." The California Divorce Council also offers nonlegal assistance with divorces and is located at 2525
Van Ness, #206, San Francisco, CA 94109, telephone number, (415) 441-5157.

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General Information for Women and Referral Services

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Commissions on the Status of Women

There are state and local commissions on the status of women.

The California Commission on the Status of Women provides information and referrals to women. It does not handle legal cases, but it can refer you to agencies or organizations that may help you. The Commission maintains lists on domestic violence centers, rape crisis centers, women's centers, women studies organizations, YWCA organizations, and ethnic group organizations. The Commission may be contacted at:

California Commission on the Status of Women
1303 J Street, Room 400, Sacramento, CA 95814-2400
(916) 445-3173

There are 31 city and county commissions on the status of women that provide various services to women. Look in the telephone book under your city and county to see if there is a local commission near you, or write to the California Commission for the group nearest you.

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Law School Women's Organizations

At most law schools in California there are women's law groups, consisting of women law students and women law professors. Most of these groups cannot take legal cases themselves, but they can be good sources of information, advice and referrals to other groups that can help you.

The University of California campuses that have law schools are:

UC San Francisco (Hastings)
UC Berkeley
UC Davis

There are also many private law schools in California. Check your phone directory for listings.

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Women's Centers at Local Colleges and Universities

Many colleges and Universities in California have women's centers that can provide information and access to women's resources both on the campus and in the community.

Contact the college or University nearest you to find out if it has a women's resource center.

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National Organization For Women (NOW)

NOW has general information on women's issues and is a clearinghouse for women's problems and related action groups. NOW offices often have staff lawyers; if not, the office can usually refer you to a lawyer community legal office. There are NOW offices in the following locations:

Los Angeles County

NOW - San Fernando Valley
P. O. Box 7141, Van Nuys, CA 91409
(818) 769-2035
4232 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 769-2035

Orange County

NOW - North Orange County
(714) 826-6512

Sacramento County

P. O. Box 1404, Sacramento, CA 95812
(916) 443-3470

San Diego County

P. O. Box 80292, San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 238-1824

San Francisco County

3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-8880

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Other Women's Groups

Many women's help groups have the word "women" in the name of the group. Look in the phone book under "women" for the names of particular groups to help you. Some examples are:

San Francisco

Women's Centers, Inc., a group that coordinates women's events in the Bay Area: (415) 431-1180

Women Against Rape (WAR), offers physical and psychological therapy for women in trauma:
(415) 647-7273 (24 hour crisis number)

Los Angeles

Women's Employment Action League
(Beverly Hills)
(818) 345-1442

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Organizations That Deal With Specific Issues

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Listed below you will find organizations that deal with issues of particular interest to many women. This is not a complete listing of all the organizations that deal with women's issues in California, but many of the organizations listed can help put you in touch with other organizations.

Battered Women's Shelters

There are shelters and organizations in California that provide a safe place to stay, and counseling for women and their children whose safety is in danger as a result of beatings and other violence by their spouses and lovers. For emergency help and more information about where to find safety if you are in danger from your spouse or lover, contact your local law enforcement agency, police department, or sheriff. Many shelters have a 24-hour crisis "hotline" for telephone counseling. Listed below are the addresses and phone numbers for shelters in various counties. These addresses and phone numbers may become outdated, in which case you should check your local telephone directory under "Crisis Intervention Service" or call the Domestic Violence Branch of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, (916) 323-7449.

Alameda County

A Safe Place
P. O. Box 1075, Oakland, CA 94604
(510) 636-4747 (bus.)
(510) 636-4740 (fax)

City of Berkeley
2180 Milvia Street, Third Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-7744 (bus.)
(510) 644-6494 (fax)

Family Violence Law Center
P. O. Box 2529, Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 540-5370 (bus.)
(510) 540-5373 (fax)

Fed. of Indo-Amer. Assoc./AASRA
38256 Glenmoor Drive, Suite I
Fremont, CA 94537
(510) 505-7503 (bus.)
(510) 440-9509 (fax)

Emergency Shelter Program, Inc.
22634 Second Street, #205
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 581-5626 (bus.)
(510) 581-5628 (fax)

San Leandro Shelter for Women & Children
1395 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 13
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 357-0205 (bus.)
(510) 357-0688 (fax)

Shelter Against Violent Environments
P. O. Box 8283
Fremont, CA 94537
(510) 794-6056 (bus.)
(510) 794-6284 (fax)

Shepherd's Gate (Livermore)
(510) 449-0163

Tri-Valley Haven for Women
P. O. Box 2190
Livermore, CA 94551
(510) 449-5845 (bus.)
(510) 449-2684 (fax)

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Other Services for Victims of Domestic Violence in Alameda County

Alameda County District Attorney Victim/Witness Assistance Program--

1401 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA
Toll-free from Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol: 510-862-2525

Alameda County Family Court Services

Pleasanton, 510-551-6892

Domestic Violence Law Project

South County: 510-733-2071

Family Violence Law Center


Lawyer Referral Services

Alameda County Bar
Eastern Alameda County Bar

Legal Aid Society of Alameda County
Domestic Violence Unit

510 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Branch Office
22531 Watkins Street, Hayward
By appointment, low income qualification, 510-538-6507

Legal Aid--510-449-6206; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
                (low income qualification)

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.--San Francisco, 24 hour service, 415-864-4722

Amador County

Operation Care/Amador County Crisis Line (Jackson)
(209) 223-2600

Butte County

Catalyst Women's Advocates, Inc.
P. O. Box 4184
Chico, CA 95927
(916) 343-7711 (bus.)
(916) 343-3960 (fax)

Calaveras County

Butte/Glen Women's Center
P. O. Box 623
San Andreas, CA 95249
(916) 895-8476 or 1-(800) 895-8476

Human Resources Council, Inc.
P. O. Box 919
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-1300 (bus.)
(209) 754-4014 (fax)

Contra Costa County

STAND! For Families Free of Violence
Telephone: 1.888.215.5555

Del Norte County

Rural Human Services
811 G Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 465-3013 (bus.)
(707) 465-6464 (fax)

El Dorado County

S. Lake Tahoe Women's Center
3140 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(916) 544-2118 (bus.)
(916) 544-1134 (fax)

Fresno County

1600 M Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(209) 237-4706 (bus.)
(209) 237-0420 (fax)

Fresno County Health Services Agency
P. O. Box 11867
Fresno, CA 93775
(209) 445-3307 (bus.)
(209) 445-3596 (fax)

Humboldt County

Humboldt Women for Shelter
P. O. Box 969
Eureka, CA 95502
(707) 444-9255 (bus.)
(707) 444-3190 (fax)

Imperial County

Woman Haven, Inc.
395 Broadway, #5
El Centro, CA 92243
P. O. Box 2219
El Centro, CA 92244
(619) 353-6922 (bus.)
(619) 353-8441 (fax)

Kern County

Alliance Against Family Violence
1921 19th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93302
P. O. Box 2054
Bakersfield, CA 93303
(805) 322-0931 (bus.)
(805) 322-2916 (fax)

Kings County

Kings Comm. Action Organization
1222 West Lacey Boulevard, Suite 201
Hanford, CA 93230
(209) 582-4386 (bus.)
(209) 582-1536 (fax)

Lake County

2190 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-1133 (bus.)
(707) 263-9237 (fax)

Los Angeles County

Association to Aid Victims of DV
P. O. Box 220037
Newhall, CA 91322
(805) 259-8175 (bus.)
(805) 259-1194 (fax)

Center/Pacific-Asian Family, Inc.
543 N. Fairfax Avenue, Room 108
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 653-4045 (bus.)
(213) 653-7913 (fax)

Dominguez Family Shelter
P. O. Box 4943
Carson, CA 90749
(310) 715-6394 (bus.)
(310) 715- 6236 (fax)

El Monte Youth Development Center
3600 Penn Mar
El Monte, CA 91732
(818) 350-4029 (bus.)
(818) 350-4038 (fax)

Haven Hills, Inc.
P. O. Box 260
Canoga Park, CA 91305
(818) 887-7481 (bus.)
(818) 887-4796 (fax)

House of Ruth, Inc.
P. O. Box 459
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 623-4364 (bus.)
(909) 629-9581 (fax)

Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles
8134 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 300
Panorama City, CA 91402
(818) 906-5007 (bus.)
(818) 782-2785 (fax)

Korean American Family Service Center
610 S. Harvard Boulevard, Suite 230
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-6755 (bus.)
(231) 389-5172 (fax)

Los Angeles Com. Assaults Against Women
6043 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(213) 462-1281 (bus.)
(213) 462-8434 (fax)

Rainbow Services
P. O. Box 1925
San Pedro, CA 90733
(310) 548-5450 (bus.)
(310) 548-0611 (fax)

1736 Family Crisis Center
103 W. Torrance Boulevard, Suite 101
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-4674 (bus.)
(310) 372-5336 (fax)

S. California Alcohol & Drug Prog.
11500 Paramount Boulevard
Downey, CA 90241
(310) 869-6385 (bus.)
(310) 862-0918 (fax)

Whosoever Will Christian Church
37707 Palm Vista
Palmdale, CA 93550
(805) 273-7502 (bus.)
(805) 273-0667 (fax)

YWCA Glendale
735 E. Lexington Drive
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 242-4156 (bus.)
(818) 240-6036 (fax)

YWCA Wings/San Gabriel Valley
P. O. Box 1464
West Covina, CA 91793
(818) 915-5191 (bus.)
(818) 858-6140 (fax)

Valley Oasis Shelter/Antelope
P. O. Box 4226
Lancaster, CA 93539
(805) 949-1916 (bus.)
(805) 940-3422 (fax)

Women's Shelter of Long Beach
P. O. Box 32107
Long Beach, CA 90832
(310) 491-5362 (bus.)
(310) 436-4982 (fax)

Madera County

Madera County Action Committee
1200 W. Maple Street
Madera, CA 93637
(209) 673-9173 (bus.)
(209) 673-3223 (fax)

Marin County

Marin Abused Women's Services
1717 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 457-2464 (bus.)
(415) 457-6457 (fax)

Mariposa County

Mountain Crisis Services
P. O. Box 2075
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-2350 (bus.)
(209) 742-4246 (fax)

Mendocino County

Project Sanctuary
P. O. Box 995
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-9196 (bus.)
(707) 462-5869 (fax)

Merced County

A Woman's Place
P. O. Box 822, Merced, CA 95341
(209) 725-7900 (bus.)
(209) 725-7908 (fax)

Modoc County

T.E.A.C.H., Inc.
112 East Second Street
Alturas, CA 96101
(916) 233-3111 (bus.)
(916) 233-4744 (fax)

Mono County

Wild Iris
P. O. Box 7732
Mammoth Lake, CA 93546
(619) 934-2491 (bus.)
(619) 873-8104 (fax)

Monterey County

Shelter Plus
P. O. Box 3584, Salinas, CA 93912
(408) 442-3024 (bus.)
(408) 442-3026 (fax)

Napa County

Napa Emergency Women's Services
P. O. Box 427, Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-3687 (bus.)
(707) 252-3069 (fax)

Orange County

Human Options
P. O. Box 9376
Newport Beach, CA 92658-9376
(714) 737-5242 (bus.)
(714) 737-5244 (fax)

Interval House
P. O. Box 3356
Seal Beach, CA 90740-2356
(310) 594-9492 (bus.)
(310) 596-3370 (fax)

Laura's House, YWCA
97 Calle de Industrias
San Clemente, CA 92672
(714) 361-3775 (bus.)
(714) 361-3548 (fax)

Placer County

Stand Up Placer
(800) 575-5352 24Hr Crisis Line

Roseville Office
Stand Up Placer,
700 Sunrise Ave Suite N, Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 773-7273 (bus.)
(916) 773-3990 (fax)

Auburn Office
Stand Up Placer
11985 Heritage Oaks Place Suite 200
Auburn, CA 95603
(916) 885-0443 (bus.)

Tahoe Women's Services
P. O. Box 1232, Kings Beach, CA 96143
(916) 546-7804 (bus.)
(916) 546-8474 (fax)

Plumas County

Plumas Rural Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 1079, Quincy, CA 95971
(916) 283-5675 (bus.)
(916) 283-3900 (fax)

Riverside County

Alternatives to Domestic Violence
P. O. Box 910, Riverside, CA 92502
(909) 352-9262 (bus.)
(909) 352-2716 (fax)

Shelter From the Storm, Inc.
P. O. Box 14155
Palm Desert, CA 92255-4155
(760) 341-9785

Sacramento County

P. O. Box 161389, Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 448-2321 (bus.)
(916) 443-7183 (fax)

San Bernardino County

High Desert DV Program
17100-B Bear Valley Road
P. O. Box 284, Victorville, CA 92392
(619) 244-0094 (bus.)
(619) 244-0095 (fax)

Victor Valley Domestic Violence
P. O. Box 2825, Victorville, CA 92393
(619) 955-8010 (bus. phone and fax)

San Diego County

Center for Community Solutions
4508 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 233-8984 (bus.)
(619) 272-5361 (fax)

Community Resource Center
650 Second Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
(619) 753-1156 (bus.)
(619) 753-0252 (fax)

EYE Counseling & Crisis Services
200 North Ash
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 747-6281(24 Hour Hotline)
(760) 747-1635 (Fax)

Saint Clare's Home
243 South Escondido Boulevard, Suite 120
Escondido, CA 92025-4116
(619) 741-0122 (bus.)
(619) 741-1241 (fax)

South Bay Community Services
315 Fourth Avenue, Suite E
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 420-3620 (bus.)
(619) 420-8722 (fax)

Womens' Resource Center
1963 Apple Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
(619) 757-3500 (bus.)
(619) 757-0680 (fax)

YWCA San Diego
1012 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-0355 (bus.) (619) 233-8545 (fax)

YMCA San Diego
4715 Viewridge Avenue, Suite 10
San Diego, CA 92123
(619) 292-4034 (bus.)
(619) 292-0045 (fax)

San Francisco County

Asian Women's Shelter
3543 18th Street, Suite 19
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 751-7110 (bus.)
(415) 751-0806 (fax)

La Casa de las Madres
965 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 777-1808 (bus.)
(415) 777-1348 (fax)

Florence Critenton Services
840 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94115-4499
(415) 567-2357 (bus.)
(415) 567-2476 (fax)

St. Vincent de Paul Society
5616 Geary Boulevard, Suite 207
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 977-1270 (bus.)
(415) 977-1271 (fax)

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Other Services for Victims of Domestic Violence in San Francisco County:

Asian Law Caucus provides legal counseling and representation for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Services are free for low-income women. Assistance is offered in a variety of Asian languages, as well as in English, (415) 391-1655.

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) offers services specifically related to domestic violence cases involving lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender and transsexual people. Services include counseling, support groups and help getting temporary restraining orders, (415) 333-4357.

Department of Public Health Rape Treatment Center focuses on domestic violence. Among other things, health care workers can help people get the physical evidence they may need to make an assault case. Crisis intervention, medical care, and individual and group counseling are also available, (415) 821-3222.

Donaldina Cameron House offers social services mostly to survivors of domestic violence. Assistance is available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Vietnamese, and English. Fees are based on a sliding scale, (415) 252-8900.

Family Violence Prevention Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence. The agency offers referral services for counseling, legal, and housing services for survivors and works to educate the public and train educators who work in the community to prevent domestic violence, (415) 252-8900.

Nihonmachi Legal Outreach is a nonprofit legal organization that can help battered Asians and Pacific Islanders in a variety of languages. Services are offered on a sliding scale and are free to those on public assistance, (415) 567-6255.

Riley Center offers emergency shelter for battered women and their children, as well as long-term transitional housing. Services include peer counseling, referrals, children's counseling, and case-management advocacy, (415) 255-0165.

San Francisco Bar Association offers a cooperative restraining-order clinic for women who qualify under the Domestic Violence Protection Act. A staff attorney is available to take women through the process of obtaining a restraining order. Services are offered in Spanish and English, (415) 982-8416.

San Francisco Legal Assistance Foundation offers a cooperative restraining-order clinic by appointment once a week. For an appointment call (415) 864-4722. Representation is also available for low-income residents of San Francisco in eight languages, (415) 982-1300.

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. offers individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence as well as a weekly restraining-order clinic. Thursday's noon-1:30 p.m. drop-in group session is free; other fees are based on a sliding scale. Services are offered in Spanish and in three South Asian languages, as well as in English. (Crisis hotline: (415) 864-4722.)

San Joaquin County

Women's Center of San Joaquin County
620 North San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 941-2611 (bus.)
(209) 941-4963 (fax)

San Luis Obispo County

Women's Shelter Program/San Luis Obispo
P. O. Box 125
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
(805) 781-6401 (bus.)
(805) 781-6410 (fax)

San Mateo County

Sor Juana Ines
1860 El Camino Real, Suite 205
Burlingame, CA 94010
(415) 259-1335 (bus.)
(415) 259-1336 (fax)

Santa Barbara County

Shelter Services for Women
P. O. Box 1536
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
(805) 963-4458 (bus.)
(805) 963-1169 (fax)

Santa Clara County

Discover Alternatives
8120 Westwood Drive
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-3118 (bus.)
(408) 847-1685 (fax)

Next Door, Solutions to DV
1181 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 279-7550 (bus.)
(408) 279-7562 (fax)

The Bridge Counseling Center/Comm. Solutions
P. O. Box 546
Morgan Hill, CA 95038-0546
(408) 779-2113 (bus.)
(408) 778-9672 (fax)

Santa Cruz County

Defense de Mujeres
406 Main Street, Room 326
Watsonville, CA 95076
(408) 722-4532 (bus.)
(408) 722-4990 (fax)

Women's Crisis Support
1658 Soquel Drive, Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(408) 477-4244 (bus.)
(408) 477-4231 (fax)

Shasta County

Shasta County Women's Refuge
P. O. Box 994211
Redding, CA 96099-4211
(916) 244-0117 (bus.);
(916) 244-2653 (fax)

Siskiyou County

Siskiyou DV Program
P. O. Box 1679
Yreka, CA 96097
(916) 842-6629 (bus.)
(916) 842-9724 (fax)

Solano County

Solano Women's Crisis Center
P. O. Box 368
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 422-7345 (bus.)
(707) 422-7276 (fax)

Sonoma County

County of Sonoma/DHS
1030 Center Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 525-6580 (bus.)
(707) 525-6519 (fax)

Stanislaus County

Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus
619 13th Street, Suite I
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 524-4331 (bus.)
(209) 524-2045 (fax)

Sutter County

Casa de Esperanza, Inc.
P. O. Box 56
Yuba City, CA 95992
(530) 674-5400 (bus.)
(530) 674-8754 (fax)

Tehama County

Alternatives to Violence
721 Pine Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(916) 528-8912 (bus.)
(916) 528-9339 (fax)

Trinity County

Human Response Network
P. O. Box 2370
Weaverville, CA 96093
(916) 623-2024 (bus.)
(916) 623-6343 (fax)

Tulare County

Family Services of Tulare County
815 W. Oak
Visalia, CA 93291
(209) 732-2514 (bus.)
(209) 732-6404 (fax)

Porterville Women's Shelter
P. O.Box 2033,
620 W. Olive Avenue
Porterville, CA 93258
(209) 781-7462 (bus.)
(209) 781-6240 (fax)

Ventura County

Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence
2064 Eastman Avenue, Suite 104
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 654-8141 (bus.)
(805) 654-1264 (fax)

Interface Children, Family Services
1305 Del Norte Road, Suite 130
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 485-6114 (bus.)
(805) 983-0789 (fax)

Yolo County

Sexual Assault & DV Center
927 Main Street, Suite A
Woodland, CA 95695
(916) 661-6336 (bus.)
(916) 661-3021 (fax)

See also National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1-800-333-7233 and National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, TDD 1-800-787-3224

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Rape Crisis Centers

In 1978, the legislature enacted a grant program to provide support for existing local rape crisis centers and to encourage the establishment of other centers. Such centers must maintain 24-hour telephone counseling services for rape victims, as well as in-person counseling and referral services during normal business hours. Many of the rape crisis centers in California are listed below. (The general hotline is toll-free 1-800-448-8888.)

These numbers and addresses may become outdated, in which case you can contact the State Department of Social Services for an updated listing. Also, the lists of organizations concerned with rape and rape prevention are available from the California Commission on the Status of Women, 1303 J Street, Room 400, Sacramento, CA 95814-2400, or from the Sexual Assault Branch of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, (916) 324-9120.

Alameda County

Bay Area Women Against Rape
c/o YWCA
1515 Webster, Room 406
Oakland, Ca 94612
(510) 444-4326

Highland Hospital Sexual Assault Center
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 437-4688

Tri-Valley Haven for Women
P. O. Box 2190
Livermore, Ca 94551
(510) 449-5842

Butte County

Rape Crisis Intervention
P. O. Box 423
Chico, Ca 95927
(916) 891-1331 (bus.)
(916) 342 RAPE (crisis)

Contra Costa County

East Contra Costa Rape Crisis Center
301 West 10th Street, Suite 3
Antioch, Ca 94509
(415) 432-9838 (bus.)
(415) 754-RAPE (crisis)

Rape Crisis Service of Central Contra Costa (Concord)
2023 Vale Road, Suite 2
San Pablo, Ca 94806
(510) 798-7273

Rape Crisis Center of West Contra Costa
c/o Brookside Hospital
2023 Vale Road, Suite 2
San Pablo, Ca 94806
(415) 237-0113 (bus.)
(415) 236-RAPE (crisis)

El Dorado County

El Dorado Women's Center
3133 Gilmore Street
Placerville, Ca 95667
(916) 626-1450 (bus)
(916) 626-1131 (crisis)

Womenspace, Unlimited
3140 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
P. O. Box 13111
South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96150
(916) 544-2118 (bus.)
(916) 554-4444 (crisis)

Humboldt County

Humboldt County Rape Crisis
P. O. Box 543
Eureka, Ca 95502
(707) 443-2737 (bus.)
(707) 445-2881 (crisis)

Inyo County

Wild Iris Women's Services
P. O. Box 679
Bishop, Ca 93415
(619) 873-6601 (bus.)
(619) 873-7384 (crisis)

Kern County

Rape Hotline of Kern County
P. O. Box 9874
Bakersfield, Ca 93389
(805) 324-RAPE (crisis)

Los Angeles County

Antelope Valley Sexual Assault Service
Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center
1600 West Avenue J
Lancaster, Ca 93534
(805) 949-5000 (bus.)

Barristers' Domestic Violence Project
Los Angeles Superior Court
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
(Tues./Fri. 1:30-3:30 p.m.)
(213) 974-5544

Crisis Center-Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, Ca 91607
(818) 763-9148

East Los Angeles Rape Hotline
1255 South Atlantic Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90022

Haven Hills
P. O. Box 2650
Canoga Park, Ca 91305
(818) 887-6589

Los Angeles Commission on Assault Against Women
6043 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, Ca 90028
(213) 462-1281

Pacific-Asian Rape/Battering Hotline
543 North Fairfax, Room 1008
Los Angeles, Ca 90036
(213) 563-4045 (bus.)
(213) 563-4042 (crisis)

Pasadena-Foothill Valley YWCA
939 E. Walnut Street, Suite 100
Pasadena, Ca 91106-1720
(626) 585-9166
(626) 793-3385

Project Sister/Sexual Assault Crisis Services
P. O. Box 621
Claremont, Ca 91711
(909) 626-4357

Rape Treatment Center Santa Monica Hospital
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90404
(310) 319-4000 (crisis)

Response Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8739 Alden Drive, Room C301
Los Angeles, Ca 90048
(310) 855-5000

San Gabriel Valley Rape Information Center
78 N. Marengo
Pasadena, Ca 91101
(818) 793-3385 (hotline)

YWCA Sexual Assault Center-Compton YWCA
1600 East Compton Blvd.
Compton, Ca 90221
(310) 763-9117

Marin County

Rape Crisis Center of Marin
70 Skyview Terrace
San Rafael, Ca 94903
(415) 924-2100

Mendocino County

Project Sanctuary
P. O. Box 995
Ukiah, Ca 95482
(707) 462-9196 (bus.)
(707) 462-7988 (crisis)

Monterey County

Monterey Rape Crisis Center
P. O. Box 2630
Monterey, Ca 93942
(408) 373-3955 (bus.)
(408) 375 HELP (crisis)
(408) 424-RAPE (Castroville)

Women's Crisis Center of Salinas
123 East Alisal Street
P. O. Box 1805
Salinas, Ca 93901
(408) 757-1002 (bus.)
(408) 757-1001 (crisis)

Napa County

Volunteer Center of Napa County
1820 Jefferson Street
Napa, Ca 94559
(707) 252-6222 (office)
(707) 258-8000 (hotline)

Placer County

Stand Up Placer
(800) 575-5352 24Hr Crisis Line

Roseville Office
Stand Up Placer,
700 Sunrise Ave Suite N, Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 773-7273 (bus.)
(916) 773-3990 (fax)

Auburn Office
Stand Up Placer
11985 Heritage Oaks Place Suite 200
Auburn, CA 95603
(916) 885-0443 (bus.)

Riverside County

Coachella Valley Rape Crisis
619 Monroe Street, Suite 10
Indio, Ca 92201
(619) 347-8440 (bus.)
(619) 568-9071 (crisis)

Sacramento County

WEAVE Counseling Center
1900 K Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, Ca 95816
(916) 448-2321 (bus.)
(916) 290-2952 (crisis)

San Bernardino County

San Bernardino Sexual Assault
536 West 11th Street
San Bernardino. Ca 92401
(909) 885-8884 (bus.)
(909) 895-8884 (crisis)

San Diego County

Center for Women's Studies and Services
(619) 233-8984 (bus.)
(619) 233-3088 (crisis)

County Counseling & Crisis Services
200 North Ash
Escondido, Ca 92027
(619) 747-6281

San Francisco County

San Francisco Women Against Rape
3543 18th Street, #7
San Francisco, Ca 94110
(415) 861-2020 (bus.)
(415) 647-RAPE (crisis)

San Joaquin County

Sexual Assault Center
c/o The Women's Center of San Joaquin County
620 North San Joaquin
Stockton, Ca 95202
(209) 941-2611 (bus.)
(209) 465-4997 (hotline)

San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo Victim/Witness Assistance Center
Room 121, County Government Center
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93408
(805) 781-5821 (bus./victim witness)

San Mateo County

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Center of San Mateo County
1860 El Camino Real, #400
Burlingame, Ca 94010
(415) 692-6662 (bus.)
(415) 726-6655 (hotline)

Santa Barbara County

Crisis Intervention of Lompoc-Rape Crises
c/o The Family Service Agency
122 North G Street
Lompoc, Ca 93436
(805) 734-2711 (bus.)
(805) 734-2711 (crisis)

Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
111 North Milpas
Santa Barbara, Ca 93103
(805) 963-6832 (bus.)
(805) 564-3696 (crisis)

Santa Clara County

YWCA in Santa Clara Valley Rape Crisis Center
375 So. Third Street
San Jose, Ca 95112
(408) 295-4011 (bus.)
(408) 287-3000 (crisis)

Women's Rape Crisis Center
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, Ca 94306
(415) 493-7273

Shasta County

Shasta County Women's Refuge
P. O. Box 4211
Redding, Ca 96099
(916) 244-0117 (bus. crisis/24 hr.)

Inter Mountain Community Center
(This has the same address as the one above)
(916) 336-1044 (bus. Crisis) (East County)

Sonoma County

Rape Crisis Center of Sonoma County
P. O. Box 1426
Santa Rosa, Ca 95402
(707) 545-7270 (bus.)
(707) 545-7273 (crisis)

Stanislaus County

Haven Women Center
619 13th Street, Suite I
Modesto, Ca 95354
(209) 524-4331 (bus)
(209) 527-5558 (hotline)
(209) 527-9942 (hotline)
(209) 522-0331 (24 hour line)
(800) 990-7223 (hotline)
(800) 557-5980 (domestic violence hotline)
(800) 834-1990 (domestic violence hotline)

Sutter County

Casa de Esperanza, Inc.
P. O. Box 56
Yuba City, Ca 95992
(530) 674-5400 (bus.)
(530) 657-2040 (crisis)

Tuolumne County

Mountain Womens Resource Center
P. O. Box 1154
Sonora, Ca 95370
(209) 533-3401 (bus./crisis)

Yolo County

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center
927 Main Street, Suite A
Woodland, Ca 95695
(916) 661-6336 (bus.)
(916) 662-1133 (crisis)

National Resource: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

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Victims of Violent Crime

Information and application forms about compensation to victims of violent crimes may be obtained from the state Board of Control in Sacramento, California, or from a local victim/witness program or other law enforcement agency involved. Contact:

California Board of Control
Victims of Violent Crimes
P. O. Box 3036
Sacramento, Ca 95812-3036
(916) 322-4426
(800) 777-9229

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Other Helpful Numbers

Links to topics below

Counseling and Services

Los Angeles County

Airport Marina Counseling Center (sliding scale)
7891 La Tijera Blvd.
Westchester, Ca 90045
(310) 670-1410

Friends of the Family
14522 Kittridge Street
Van Nuys, Ca 91405
(818) 988-4430

Orange County

Women's Center
901 West Orangethorpe Avenue
Fullerton, Ca 92832
(714) 441-0411

Sacramento County

Women's Infant-Children Program
2251 Slorin Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, Ca 95822-4833
(916) 427-5500

Women's Infant Care Program, YWCA
1122 17th Street
Sacramento, Ca 95814
(916) 264-8080

San Diego County

Women's Resource Center
1963 Apple Street
Oceanside, Ca 92054
(619) 757-3500

San Francisco County

Gray Panthers of San Francisco
1182 Market Street, #203
San Francisco, Ca 94102
(415) 552-8800

Stanislaus County

Women's Center of Stanislaus
619 13th Street, Suite I
Stanislaus, Ca 95354
(209) 576-0659

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Child Abuse/Runaway Hotlines

Children of the Night
14530 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, Ca 91411
P. O. Box 4343
Hollywood, Ca 90078
(818) 908-4470 (bus.)
(800) 551-1300 (crisis)(nationwide hotline)

Family Stress
15157 Roscoe Blvd.
Panorama City, Ca 91402
(818) 830-0200 (bus.)

Thursday's Child's Teen Crisis Line-L.A.
24100 Hartland Street
West Hills, Ca 91307-2926
(818) 712-0159 (office)
(818) 710-1181 (hotline)

The Committee to Prevent Child Abuse Helpline
1-800 - CHILDREN

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Child Care

Every county has at least one child care resource and referral agency that can help you locate quality child care.

For legal questions relating to child care contact:

Child Care Law Center
22 Second Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, Ca 94105
(415) 495-5498

For information about state subsidized child care contact:

California Department of Education
Child Development Division
560 J Street, #220
Sacramento, Ca 95814
(916) 657-2451

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For information or help with discrimination in education, contact:


State Universities and Colleges
Coordinator, Campus Title IX Office

University of California:
Chancellor's Office

Community College Board:
Campus Dean of Student Personnel
Services or Instruction

Superintendent of Public Instruction
K-12 Schools
Title IX Assistance Office
State Department of Education
721 Capitol Mall
P. O. Box 944272
Sacramento, Ca 94244-2070
(916) 657-2451

Sex Equity in Education Project (Project SEE)
State Department of Education
P. O. Box 944272
Sacramento, Ca 94244-2070
(916) 657-2451

In General

California Attorney General's Office
Public Inquiry Unit
1300 I Street
P. O. Box 944255
Sacramento, Ca 94244-2550
(916) 322-3360 (Callers calling inside of California)
(800) 952-5225 (Callers calling from outside of California)


United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239
San Francisco, Ca 94102
(415) 437-7700

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California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Offices located at: San Francisco (northern headquarters), Los Angeles (southern headquarters), Fresno, Oakland, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Santa Ana and Ventura. Toll-free telephone number: (800) 884-1684.

California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Law Enforcement, district offices in Bakersfield, Burlingame, El Centro, Eureka, Fresno, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Panorama City, Pomona, Redding, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Stockton and Vallejo.

Worker's Compensation Appeals Boards

San Francisco County

45 Fremont Street, 31st Floor
San Francisco, Ca 94105
P. O. Box 420603
San Francisco, Ca 94105
(415) 557-2720

Los Angeles County

107 South Broadway, Room 4107
Los Angeles, Ca 90012-4460
(213) 897-1446

San Diego County

1350 Front Street, Room 3047
San Diego, Ca 92101-3690
(619) 525-4589

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Offices in: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego,
Fresno, Oakland and San Jose

Office of Federal Contract Compliance, Labor Department

Labor Department
1301 Clay Street, Suite 1080 North Tower
Oakland, Ca 94612
(510) 637-2938

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Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Los Angeles-Southern Regional WIC office
Sacramento-Public Health Agency
San Francisco-district health centers (five branches or the following: Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, Potrero Hill Health Center, San Francisco Head Start Office, South of Market Health Center, St. Mary's Clinic)

San Diego-Vista Health Center, South Bay Health Center, South East Health Center, the Red Cross.

You may also write or call

WIC Supplemental Food Section
Department of Health Services
3901 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, Ca 95834
(916) 928-8500

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For information about women and AIDS contact:

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
10 United Nations Plaza, 4th Floor, Suite 405
San Francisco, Ca 94102
(415) 487-3000 (office)
(415) 863-2437 (crisis)

(415) 863-AIDS (San Francisco)(trilingual AIDS hotline)

Sacramento AIDS Foundation
1500 21st Street
Sacramento, Ca 95814
(916) 454-0516

Progressive House Services (HIV testing and referrals)
8240 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, Ca 90046
(213) 650-1508

AIDS Hotlines:

San Francisco AIDS Foundation hotline:

(415) 863-AIDS (In San Francisco)(trilingual AIDS hotline)
(800) FOR AIDS (if you are calling from Northern California)

Southern California AIDS hotline:

(213) 876-AIDS (In Los Angeles)
(800) 922-AIDS (if you are calling from Southern California)

Long-Term Illness

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
California Department of Aging
1600 K Street
Sacramento, Ca 95814
(916) 322-3887

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If you have problems or questions regarding housing discrimination, you may want to contact one of the following governmental agencies:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

2014 T Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, Ca 95814-6835

District offices are located in Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana and Ventura. Toll-free telephone number: (800) 884-1684.

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

777 12th Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, Ca 95814-1997
(800) 669-9777

AT & T Center
611 W. 6th Street, Suite 800
Los Angeles, Ca 90017

450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, Ca 94102
(800) 669-9777

(HUD may be able to assist in problems of discrimination in federally funded housing and rental properties)

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California Department of Insurance, Policy Services Bureau

300 Capitol Mall, 15th Floor
Sacramento, Ca 95814
(213) 897-8921
(800) 927-4357 (callers calling in State)
(213) 897-8921 (callers calling Out of State)

Offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Call to file discrimination complaints or ask questions about these types of insurance: Medical, automobile, life or private disability.

Unemployment Insurance/State Disability Insurance

California Employment Development Department

800 Capitol Mall
P. O. Box 826880
Sacramento, Ca 94280-0001
(916) 653-0707 (General Information)

Offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and many other locations. Call or visit your local office to file a claim or ask questions about state disability or unemployment insurance benefits.

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Public Assistance

Food Stamps

Your county's social services department can assist you with this program.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

You can call the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and ask for the Supplemental Security Income Program.

State Disability Insurance

Contact the California Employment Development Department and ask about disability claims. You can also contact a private attorney.


You can call the California Department of Health Services and ask for the Medi-Cal program.

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