Legal aid help if you are experiencing domestic violence
Need a lawyer?
If you are experiencing domestic violence, Legal Aid Ontario may be able to assist. LAO provides a variety of services for family legal matters.
If you are in need of immediate legal help, LAO offers two hours free with a lawyer. Please ask your local shelter or legal clinic if they offer this service.
In some cases, LAO can also pay for a lawyer to help you if you’ve been charged with assault while trying to defend yourself against your abusive partner.
Call Legal Aid Ontario toll-free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out how we can help
Sharing information with us about your situation may help because:
- We can give you legal advice or refer you to a lawyer.
- We will better understand your legal needs. You will not be asked a lot of personal questions about the abuse.
- We can give you information and refer you to other services that can help you.
Please note: Any information that you give Legal Aid Ontario will be kept private, unless you give us permission to share the information with someone like a staff member at a shelter for abused women or a counsellor.
You can also call the Assaulted Women’s Helpline
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-863-0511. The helpline can refer you to your nearest local shelter.
Do you need legal help?
To qualify for legal aid services, you must be financially eligible, and your legal matter must be one that LAO covers.
For more information, visit legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/eligibility.asp or call 1-800-668-8258 toll-free (or 416-979-1446 in Toronto) to get legal aid help in over 300 languages. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.