Date training recorded: Apr 29, 2021
Trainer(s): Amy Poyer, Arati Vasan
Sponsoring Organization(s): Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), California Women’s Law Center (CWLC)


During the pandemic, the already serious public health crisis of domestic violence has been thrust further into the spotlight. In this webinar we will explain and explore one effective tool for addressing domestic violence: a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO). We will give an overview on current law and procedure on who and what qualifies for a DVRO, how to request a DVRO, and ways to protect your client’s rights as you navigate the family court system. We will also review some of the challenges survivors face under the law that have been further illuminated in the last year, and potential legal and policy solutions to address these challenges.

MCLE: 1-hour general
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Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney, California Women’s Law Center
Arati Vasan, Senior Managing Attorney, Family Violence Appellate Project


The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) produces trainings designed for civil legal aid and pro bono attorneys throughout the state, bringing the experts directly to the advocates helping low-income Californians. Technology permitting, all trainings are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing by advocates. This training is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice, for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: A Legal Primer and Challenges Ahead


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MCLE: 2.0 hours
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