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These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of protection from domestic violence, civil harassment, workplace violence, or elder abuse.  

Sacramento County Superior Court/Family Law Facilitator
The court offers a free workshop on form preparation, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, excluding court holidays, at 8:45 a.m. (no late admittance). A Spanish Interpreter is available at the class. This class is for both men and women and is held in the Self-Help Computer Room, Room 113A, on the first floor of the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, 3341 Power Inn Road. No appointment is necessary. Admittance into the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. Free childcare is available to workshop participants with children ages 1-12 years in the children's waiting room. Please be prepared to spend the entire day to complete the restraining order process. 

California Department of Health Services (CDHS)
The California Department of Public Health Violence Prevention Resource Directory lists help by county, like women's shelters, domestic violence programs, victim witness assistance programs, counseling services for victims of domestic violence, and crisis hotlines. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline 
Call 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 for TDD.
This hotline helps people all over the U.S. find information about shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social services programs in their area. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get help in over 100 languages. It is free and private.

Located on the Pacific McGeorge School of Law campus, the Victims of Crime Resource Center has operated the State of California's confidential, toll-free telephone line since 1984. McGeorge students, under attorney supervision, provide information and referrals statewide to victims, their families, victim service providers, and victim advocates. The Center is mandated by legislation, California Penal Code Section 13897, and is funded through the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA).

Safe at Home 
This address confidentiality program, administered by the California Secretary of State's office, gives you a secure address to use for your court papers (or for banking and other things) where you can still get your court papers without having to reveal your real address. 

24/7 Sexual Assault hotline 800-656-HOPE

24/7 Domestic Violence hotline 800-799-SAFE

Victim Counseling 
Citrus Heights Women's Center Agency
7250 Auburn Blvd., Suite A & B, 916-728-7210

My Sister's House
3053 Freeport Blvd. #120, Sacramento, 916-428-3271

PEACE for Families, Roseville Service Office
124 Main Street, Roseville, 916-773-7273, Ext 104

Sacramento Counseling Associates
7844 Madison Avenue, Suite 105, Sacramento, 916-962-7101

Southeast Asian Assistance Center
5625 24th Street, Sacramento, 916-421-1036

WEAVE Counseling Center
1900 K Street, Sacramento, 916-920-2952

Victim Assistance
Victim/Witness Center

Victim Notification of Abuser's Release from Jail

Safe at Home

Harmony House/Domestic Violence Intervention Center (Citrus Heights)

St. John's Shelter for Women and Children

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The Judicial Council creates some forms used in seeking protection from abuse. The Sacramento County Superior Court has created a variety of form and instruction packets. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.

Judicial Council Forms
These forms can be filled out online.

Sacramento County Superior Court Forms and Instructions

Domestic Violence Forms

Civil Harassment Forms

Elder or Adult Dependent Abuse Forms

Workplace Violence Restraining Order Forms

Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Order Forms

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