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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.

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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.