This webinar will take you through the basic steps of litigating a typical domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) case, starting with an overview of current law and procedure on who and what qualifies for a DVRO. We will briefly discuss trauma-informed interviews; how to file a DVRO request; prepping for your client’s hearing; what to know and best practices at the hearing itself, e.g., evidence issues; and post-hearing tips. This presentation will offer important insights into how to navigate the family court system while protecting your client’s rights, and the unique challenges survivors face under the law.


Lisa Szekely, Jenesse Center, Inc.
Harriet Fischer, California Women’s Law Center
Carrie Holmes, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program


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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.

Litigating Your Domestic Violence Restraining Order Case

April 14, 2023

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