Getting legal help
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:
TTY (Telephone device for the hearing impaired): 1‑866‑863‑7868
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
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:
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Call our toll-free number at 1-800-668-8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.
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.
Abuse and Family Violence
Your legal rights information on abuse and family violence issues
Barbra Schlifer Clinic
Provides free and integrated legal, counseling, interpretation, information and referral services for women who have experienced violence.
Covering your tracks on the Internet
If you are worried your abuser may be able to see what websites you have visited, read these tips on how to protect yourself.
Do you know a women who is being abused? A Legal Rights Handbook
Produced by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.
For Victims of Family Violence
Information from the Canadian Department of Justice
If you need help - Services for Women
The Ontario Women's Directorate provides many resources.
Learning to end abuse
Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children
Neighbourhood Friends and Family
A public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help
Violence in the Family
Information from the Ministry of the Attorney General
Working with the community to provide services and support for abused women & their children and to provide opportunities to end violence against women.