Asking for Help

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Handling a court case can be difficult and confusing. For this reason, many people consider getting expert help.

For free and low-cost legal help in California:

Go to the California Courts website for help from these groups below: click here. Opens new window

  • Court-based self-help services
  • Legal aid agencies and other non-profit groups
  • Government agencies
  • Lawyer-referral services and bar associations
  • Dispute resolution programs

For specific information about help in Contra Costa County, California: click here.


In domestic violence cases, most people need more than just legal help.
For example:

  • The people involved, and their children, may be afraid, or have a hard time dealing with their feelings or emotions at this time.
  • They may also be worried about where they will live, or how to find work or pay for childcare.

Please know that there are people who want to help. Sometimes it takes talking to several people before the right person is found, so ask everyone what he or she recommends. Don't give up!

Some of the resources or options to consider include:

  • Go to a library, buy a self-help book, or look on the internet.

    • To find your nearest California Public Law Library in your county, click hereOpens new window
    • For the Contra Costa County Public Law Library, click hereOpens new window

  • Domestic violence information: Domestic violence shelter and support staff, Victim Witness Assistance program, or crisis hotline; batterers treatment or anger management groups;
  • Mental health information: Counselor, crisis hotline, social worker, or other health professional specializing in domestic violence; books, videos,
    and other materials;
  • Spiritual support: Priest, minister, rabbi, or other religious leader informed about domestic violence;
  • Employment information: Local unemployment agency or other department;
  • Help with child care: School districts, local job training programs, and area preschools;
  • Information about and support for children affected by domestic violence: Schoolteacher, children's counselor, youth leader, pediatrician, books, videos, and other self-help materials;
  • Support during mediation or court proceedings: Battered women's shelters, Victim Witness Assistance programs.
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