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Getting legal help

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.

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:

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.

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 $22,720
2 $32,131
3 $39,137
4 $45,440
5+ $50,803