Getting legal help

Domestic violence

If this is an emergency or you are afraid for your life, call 911 or your local police service.

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:

Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511
TTY (Telephone device for the hearing impaired): 1‑866‑863‑7868

GTA: 416-863-0511
TTY (Telephone device for the hearing impaired): 416‑364‑8762

Legal aid services

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.

Who to contact at Legal Aid

Call our toll-free number at 1-800-668-8258 or contact a Family Law Service Centre or the Refugee Law Office for help and information.

You may qualify for a legal aid certificate

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 and get legal services for issues such as a contested issue and/or change (variation) to an existing family court order.

Your gross family income must be below these levels:

Financial eligibilty levels for domestic violence matters
Number of family members Income must be lower than
1 $20,225
2 $30,337
3 $34,832
4 $41,573
5+ $48,315

Call our toll-free number at 1-800-668-8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Other resources:

Below are some other resources for those experiencing domestic violence.

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