Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic

Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic at the

Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo

What is the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo’s Mission?

The Women's Shelter Program’s mission is to be committed to recognizing and responding to our community's need for comprehensive multicultural domestic violence and child abuse services. We understand that domestic violence and child abuse, in their fullest scope, impacts primary victims, family members, society, and future generations. With this in mind, it is our goal to stop the cycle of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention and education.

What is the Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic?

The Women’s Shelter Program (WSP) of San Luis Obispo supplies victims of domestic violence with assistance in completing restraining order forms and paperwork, and can answer all questions surrounding the restraining order process. We offer a DVRO Clinic on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9 pm. The clinic is free of charge and is available for English and Spanish speakers. Those who attend, work directly with our volunteer attorneys and paralegals to complete the necessary paperwork to file for a restraining order.

As a “Pro Per” Clinic, attendees are responsible for filing their own paperwork. Advocates are also available to accompany victims to legal hearings and offer comfort during stressful court appearances. For more information please visit or to schedule an appointment, please call the WSP’s Crisis Line at (805)781-6400. Appointments are mandatory for attending the clinic.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer at the DVRO Clinic?

If you are interested in volunteering at the DVRO Clinic and are a local certified attorney and/or paralegal, please contact Paige Wopschall, Outreach and Volunteer Assistant, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are seeking attorneys/paralegals with backgrounds in family law and who are familiar in using Essential Forms. By dedicating only a few hours of your time per month, you will truly be helping those in our community by saving lives.

Together we can create a violence free community!