If you believe you are in an abusive relationship, you can call the agencies listed below for support, information and a wide variety of services including shelter, counseling and legal assistance with domestic violence restraining orders.
For help filling out the forms to request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, please go to
Bay Area Legal Aid's Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic
539 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
Notice: Center for Domestic Violence Prevention and Sor Juana Ines Services for Abused Women have now merged and are known as:
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
PO Box 5090, San Mateo, CA 94402
hotlines: 650-312-8515 or 800-300-1080
Abuse generally escalates over time and in intensity. Thus it is important to plan for your safety BEFORE you take any legal action or tell your partner you want to end the relationship. Your partner may view your leaving the relationship as a loss of control over you which may lead to more violence. Call one of the domestic violence agencies listed above for help in making a safety plan, whether you decide to stay in the relationship or leave.
See Legal Remedies to Promote Your Safety for additional information