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Legal Advocacy

YWCA-MC Legal Advocacy program provides immediate and long-term safety for survivors of domestic violence by assisting with family law matters such as:

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  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Cease and Desist Letters
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody

Court accompaniment with a legal advocate is provided for survivors who received assistance from the legal advocate for restraining orders. The legal advocate will provide guidance and support through the court hearing process.

Legal advocacy is provided at no cost by appointment. Appointments are available in our Salinas location and can be made by calling our administrative office in Salinas at: +1-831-422-8602

Individuals’ immigration status will never be questioned during the process of preparing legal documents for legal advocacy or at any court hearings, se habla Espanol.

Program Contact: Leonela Jara .

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Navigating the legal system can be intimidating. In some circumstances, it can become a deciding factor when making the decision to leave or make changes to protect yourself and your family from an abuser.  We believe the ability to get legal help should not dictate the survivor’s choices.  Many victims live in fear instilled in them by their abuser, that they may lose the children in a custody battle because you cannot afford representation.  We provide this service free to support people in crisis and we have been through every case imaginable. We can give you an outline of the legal process associated with your particular circumstances so you can make the most informed, best decision without the influence of your abuser.  We strive to take the finances out of the decision to get help.  In too many situations, the cost of a lawyer inhibits victims from getting help.YWCA-MC has been supporting victims with Legal Advocacy for decades.  We can help you take back your life through the legal system.