Domestic Violence – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated Oct 9, 2020

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1


Below are selected websites from reliable sources, vetted by our Law Librarians. This is not an exhaustive list of information available on this topic, but a starting point to provide you with basic information during this pandemic.


National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

YWCA of San Diego 24 hour hotline: (619) 234-3164

San Diego County Domestic Violence  hotline: (888) 385-4657)

Center for Community Solutions  hotline: (888) 385-4657


Legal Services

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program is is assisting clients over the phone, instead of in person, with restraining orders for Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, and Civil Harassment.

Central, North, and South County residents:

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

English: (619) 235-5656, Ext. 118

Spanish: (619) 235-5656, Ext. 102


East County Residents:

Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

English and Spanish: (619) 235-5656, Ext. 122


Legal Aid Society of San Diego is providing assistance over the phone. Please call  (619) 738-9844

Check their website for sample forms:


Center for Community Solutions:


San Diego Superior Court information on emergency services available during COVID-19 court closure. An ex party request for Restraining Orders is considered an emergency service.

Resources Available

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has created a list of resources .  See also an educational page explaining domestic violence and help available.


San Diego Domestic Violence Council has put together a list of county resources available for domestic violence victims during COVID-19 shelter-in-place /social distancing mandates.


California Court Self-Help Center has a section on Domestic Violence.


San Diego Sheriffs Department has a Domestic Violence resources page.


City of San Diego Police Department has a Domestic Violence resources page.


YWCA of San Diego provides services and programs for victims of domestic violence.


Short video on protection during COVID-19 provided by the California Lawyers Association:

Here is the same video in Spanish: