Every Monday from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Valley Crisis Center is excited to bring back our Restraining Order Workshop for people seeking protection from a current or ex-intimate partner!

Starting January 8th, Valley Crisis Center Legal Advocates will be hosting a Restraining Order Workshop every Monday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM!


Want to help us share this workshop? Download the flyer here.

How does it work?

Advocates will provide step-by-step instructions and empower participants to complete their own domestic violence restraining order.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for our Restraining Order Workshop, you must:

  • Feel comfortable reading & writing in English.
  • Be seeking a domestic violence restraining order without custody.
  • Call (209) 722-4357 and complete an assessment with a Valley Crisis Center advocate.

What happens after the workshop?

Valley Crisis Center legal advocates will submit your order to court for you. 

Once your order is has been reviewed by the court, we will pick it up and give you a call.

We will also help you through the serving process and attend court with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s free! Valley Crisis Center is a non-profit, our services are 100% free!

All restraining orders submitted to court are generally only in English. If you are needing help with a restraining order and you are not comfortable reading or writing in English, we suggest scheduling a one on one appointment instead. During that appointment, the legal advocate will translate your order into English for you. 

To be assessed or schedule a one on one, call us at (209) 722-4357.

Yes! However, if you file the order on your own, you will have to pick it up yourself as well and if you want Valley Crisis Center to go to court with you, you have to bring it to us so we can make a copy of it.

No. Valley Crisis Center legal advocates can only help with filling out restraining order paperwork and accompanying you to court as a supportive person. You will have to talk to the judge yourself. However, we are still present during the hearing so if you have questions, we can answer them after.

Valley Crisis Center will provide the restraining order forms and writing materials. 

If there are pictures or police reports you would like to include, please print them out and bring them to the workshop.

If you are bringing police reports, please bring two copies.

In order to file a restraining order, you need to have at least the following information on the person you want restrained:

  • Their first and last name
  • Their date of birth
  • Last known address or city they lived in

No worries, save the images you want to print on a USB flash drive. Come in by at least 9:00 am and we will print the pictures out for you.

No, the max number of participants in a workshop is four. By participating in the workshop, you agree to uphold Valley Crisis Center’s policy on confidentiality. If you are not comfortable completing a restraining order with other people present, you can schedule a one on one.

No. Advocates will not be reading your order out to the group or asking you to share. However, there will be other people present so they may see what you have written.

Please check out our Legal Advocacy page for additional information on our legal services.