Services in Ontario - COVID‑19 Abuse and Family Violence

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Family summary advice


Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY TTY (teletypewriter) – Use Bell’s Relay Service: 1 800 855 0511

During the COVID-19 situation, LAO is offering more telephone support. Anyone can use this service to get legal advice and information. It doesn’t matter what your income is

LAO has a free summary advice line that lets you talk to a lawyer for up to 20 minutes to get information and general advice about your family law matter.

This includes information about:

  • your legal options and what might happen
  • separation, divorce, custody, access, child support, or spousal support
  • the family court process and mediation

You usually have to call and give some information about your legal issue and where you live, and a lawyer will call you back.

Emergency family law referral telephone line – Law Society of Ontario

Contact Information

Phone 416-947-3310 Toll-free 1-800-268-7568

The Law Society of Ontario has set up a temporary emergency family law referral telephone line. This is because since March 16, 2020, Ontario’s family courts are only open for urgent matters because of the COVID-19 situation.

You can call this service if you have a family law issue and you:

  • don’t have a lawyer
  • don’t know if your issue is urgent or not
  • don’t know your next steps if your matter is urgent

If this is your situation, the referral service will help you get 30 minutes of free legal advice and information from a family law lawyer.


Luke’s Place


Contact Information

Phone 905-728-0978 Toll-free TTY 1-866-516-3116

Luke’s Place works with abused women across Ontario by providing legal advice, support, and referrals. They offer a Virtual Legal Clinic that connects women with lawyers for free legal advice on family law issues. Call 905-728-0978 or 1-866-516-3116.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic


Contact Information

Phone 416-323-9149

If you live in Toronto, this clinic offers family legal services and support to women who are in abusive relationships or have left one. Immigration law help is available to women outside Toronto. 

Barbra Schlifer also offers free interpreter services 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. And they have a Family Court Support Worker Program (FCSWP). For other services and supports, visit their website.

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