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Getting legal help

You are experiencing (or have experienced) domestic violence

Anyone in Ontario who is experiencing domestic violence can get a free emergency two-hour consultation with a lawyer.

Legal Aid Ontario has special family law services to help people experiencing domestic violence, regardless of immigration status in Canada. Free telephone interpretation services for non-English or non-French speaking applicants are also available.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, and are in need of legal assistance, you can call Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258 for a free two-hour consultation with a private lawyer. This lawyer can tell you the truth about your legal rights. You may, for instance, have the right to stay in Canada, keep your children, or get financial support, even if you leave an abusive partner. This service, along with free advice on immigration and refugee matters, is also offered through many shelters and community legal clinics.

You can also call the Assaulted Women's Helpline

If you are experiencing violence or the effects of violence, crisis, and abuse, you can call the Assaulted Women's Helpline, 24-hours a day, seven days a week for immediate help:

Legal aid certificates

In addition, if you are financially eligible and are experiencing domestic violence, you may qualify for a Legal Aid Ontario certificate, which you can take to a family lawyer of your choice.

Certificates are available when you are financially eligible and need a lawyer to represent you in one of these situations:

Your gross (before-tax) family income must be lower than the ones on this chart:

Number of family members Income must be lower than
1 $21,438
2 $32,131
3 $36,921
4 $44,068
5+ $50,803

Other resources

Below are some other resources for those experiencing domestic violence. Please note that these are external links and Legal Aid Ontario is not responsible for their content.


Call us toll-free at 1-800-668-8258.