Advocacy

Lumina Alliance offers crisis services and support to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Support sessions are available during walk-in hours and by appointment.

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24- HOUR CRISIS AND INFORMATION LINE

The crisis and information line is accessible 24-hours a day. Calls are answered by state-certified counselors, trained to provide crisis intervention and support to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. Services are available to family, friends, and loved ones as well. All calls are confidential.

In-Person Support Sessions

Crisis counselors are available to meet with survivors, as well as family, friends, and loved ones in-person during our office hours. We can also provide additional literature and resources. All services are kept confidential.

Accompaniments & Advocacy

Did you know that survivors have a legal right to have an advocate? Lumina Alliance staff and volunteers are available to support and accompany survivors to a number of sites including, but not limited to: medical exams, any law enforcement interviews/meetings, and court hearings. Call to request an advocate.

Temporary Restraining Orders

Navigating the family court system alone can be difficult and overwhelming. Lumina Alliance provides survivors with a trained, dedicated advocate to help them obtain court-ordered safety through a Temporary Restraining Order.

Case Management

Client advocates work closely with survivors to help with a whole range of needs by setting short- and long-term goals. Goals may include addressing immediate needs; obtaining housing, employment, and income; or anything else that helps the survivor move towards self-sufficiency and independence.

Legal Services

Lumina Alliance provides a holistic legal approach to adult and youth survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking in San Luis Obispo County.

Our legal services are mobile so that we can meet clients in rural and geographically isolated parts of the County, and we provide services in many languages. We work alongside survivors to seek safety and justice.

To confidentially request legal assistance please call (805) 545-8888

Eligible applicants may receive various FREE legal services such as:

  • Restraining Orders
  • Divorces
  • Child Custody & Support
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Immigration Assistance and Referrals
  • Consultations and Referrals to counseling, housing, Victim’s Compensation, and other resources.
  • Counseling for children and teens (individual counseling, play therapy, school-based counseling, art groups)

Temporary Restraining Orders

Lumina Alliance offers resources and help for survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and/or intimate partner violence who may need a restraining order against their abuser or attacker.

A restraining order (also called a “protective order”) is a court order that can protect someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed. The person getting the restraining order is called the “protected person.” The person the restraining order is against is the “restrained person.”

Lumina Alliance provides legal support to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. Our legal department can help obtain a Domestic Violence Restraining Order or a Civil Harassment Restraining Order.

A Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) is a civil court order signed by a judge that tells an abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection from domestic violence regardless of gender or sexual identity. There are four types of protective orders: Emergency Protective Orders, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Criminal Protective Orders, and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders.

Emergency Protective Order (EPO) – Any court-issued order intended to protect a person from harm or harassment. It is issued by the police, out of court, to immediately prevent intimate partner violence and protect a person from harm or harassment. Emergency protective orders normally last for five days. To ensure the safety of the abused person, they should seek a restraining order from the court before their EPO expires.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order – After applying for an order of protection. A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) will be granted. The clerk will give you a date for a court hearing. Usually within two to three weeks, when you will have to come back for a full hearing. This will give you a chance to tell your side of the events. After having a court hearing, a judge can grant you a “restraining order after hearing” that can last anywhere from 1 year up to five years. However, if there is no termination date on the order, the order will last 3 years from the date it was issued. If the abuser violates the restraining order while it is in full effect and has evidence proving the violations, the survivor can then file a “request to renew the restraining order.” The judge or commissioner will decide for how long it will be granted. There are instances where the restraining orders will be granted an additional 1 year, 3years, 5 years, or permanently.

Criminal Protective Order (CPO) – This order is issued by a judge in Criminal Court with the purpose of protecting a witness or survivor of a crime. A CPO can be issued in an intimate partner violence case that has been reported to the police and then filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Once the case appears before a judge, a CPO can be issued.

A Civil Harassment Restraining Order is a civil court order that is signed by a judge and is for survivors who are being harassed, stalked, abused, or threatened by someone who does not have a close relationship as is required under domestic violence cases, like a stranger, roommate, a neighbor, or more distant family members like cousins, aunts or uncles, or nieces or nephews. This is the type of order utilized by survivors of sexual assault/abuse when the perpetrator was not an intimate partner (spouse, cohabitant, share a child, dating, girlfriend/boyfriend).

In general restraining orders can include: Personal conduct orders: These are orders to stop specific acts against everyone named in the restraining order as a “protected person.” Some of the things that the restrained person can be ordered to stop are:
  • Contacting, calling, or sending any messages (including e-mail); social media
  • Attacking, striking, or battering;
  • Stalking;
  • Threatening;
  • Sexually assaulting;
  • Harassing;
  • Destroying personal property; or
  • Disturbing the peace of the protected people.
Stay-away orders: These are orders to keep the restrained person a certain distance away (like 50 or 100 yards) from:
  • The protected person or persons;
  • Where the protected person lives;
  • Their place of work;
  • Their children’s schools or places of child care;
  • Their vehicle;
  • Their pets;
Other important places where they go. Residence exclusion (“kick-out” or “move-out”) orders: These are orders telling the restrained person to move out from where the protected person lives and to take only clothing and personal belongings until the court hearing. These orders can only be asked for in domestic violence or elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order cases. For the person to be restrained, having a restraining order against them can have very serious consequences:
  • They will not be able to go to certain places or do certain things.
  • They might have to move out of their home.
  • It may affect their ability to see their children.
  • They will generally not be able to own a gun. (And they will have to turn in or sell any guns they have now and not be able to buy a gun while the restraining order is in effect.)
  • It may affect their immigration status if they are trying to get a green card or a visa.
  • If the restrained person violates (breaks) the restraining order, they may go to jail, pay a fine, or both.

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be of great comfort to survivors fearing for their safety. However, navigating the family court system can be difficult and overwhelming. Lumina Alliance provides survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse with assistance when trying to obtain a Domestic Violence Restraining Order or a Civil Harassment Restraining Order.

Lumina Alliance is able to provide assistance in completing restraining order documents, explain the process and answer questions, assist with the filing of appropriate documents, help serve papers to the sheriff’s office, and accompany you to court on the day of your hearing. Staff members are trained advocates; they are NOT attorneys and will not give legal advice.

To confidentially request legal assistance please call (805) 545-8888