Domestic Violence Resources
Posted by:rjf on 02/17/2015 11:08 AM

Local Agencies:
Walnut Avenue Women's Center:
Provides a variety of programs and services for "the purpose of helping women to improve their life situations." Their Domestic Violence Services program provides assistance with restraining orders, family law matters, along with providing an advocate for court accompaniment. They also have a 24 hr hotline, drop-in support groups, among other services. For more information visit them online at or call 426-3062. DUE TO STATE CUTS IN FUNDING SERVICES HAVE CHANGED. CALL FIRST TO DETERMINE WHAT CURRENT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.

Monarch Services:
Provides Domestic Violence Support Services including help with restraining orders and advocates for court accompaniment. They also provide a 24 hr hotline. For more information on their services visit them online at or call 425-4030 DUE TO STATE CUTS IN FUNDING SERVICES HAVE CHANGED. CALL FIRST TO DETERMINE WHAT CURRENT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.

The Victim/Witness program for Santa Cruz County is administered through the District Attorney's Office. Victims of violent crimes are eligible for specific services. For more information visit them online at or call 454-2010

Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center:
Provides help with restraining orders for victims of domestic violence. The Self Help Center is located in Watsonville at 1 Second Street, Rm. 301 Watsonville, CA 95076 This is a drop-in service. No appointments. For more information about their services and the Self Help Center's current hours visit or call 831-420-2200 in Santa Cruz or 831-786-7200 in Watsonville. ALWAYS CHECK ONLINE FOR ADDITIONAL CLOSURES.

Online Resources:
California Courts Self Help Center: Basic information on how restraining orders work, what they can do for you, how to ask the court to issue a restraining order and how to respond to a request for a restraining order against you. Provides links to both fillable and nonfillable versions of the forms you need to either request or respond to a restraining order.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE Hotline workers provide assistance and referrals to local agencies for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 Resources for teens who are victims of dating violence. They provide peer counselors via phone or online chat.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order forms are available free of charge through the Superior Court Civil Clerk's Office in Santa Cruz or Watsonville. The forms can also be found online through the California Courts at

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