Services in Ontario - Restraining orders and peace bonds
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Domestic violence services
Contact InformationPhone 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
LAO offers 2 hours of free advice with a lawyer to people who have experienced domestic violence and need immediate legal help. Ask your local shelter or community legal clinic if they offer this service or call LAO to find out more.
LAO might also pay for a lawyer to help you if you’ve been charged with assault while trying to defend yourself against your abusive partner.
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Contact InformationPhone 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.
Law Society Referral Service
The Law Society of Ontario has on online Law Society Referral Service that gives you the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give free legal advice for up to 30 minutes in any area of law.
If you can’t wait for a legal representative to call you back, or if you don’t have a call-back number, email email@example.com. Or, if you’re in crisis or in custody, call 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Contact InformationPhone 416-479-0551 Toll-free 1-866-919-3219
JusticeNet helps people find a legal professional if their income is too high to get legal aid but too low to afford legal fees. If your net family income is less than $59,000, they refer you to an online directory of lawyers, paralegals, and mediators who provide help at reduced rates.
JusticeNet is a non-profit organization. You must register and pay a fee to use the website. They may return the fee if you don’t find a professional to work with.
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General – Family Court Support Worker Program
Contact InformationPhone 416-314-2447 (Victim Support Line) Toll-free 1-888-579-2888 (Victim Support Line)
Family Court Support Workers help people who have experienced domestic violence and are involved in the family court process. Their services are free of charge and are available in every family court in Ontario.
They don’t give legal advice, but they can do things like:
- give information about the family court process
- help you get ready for court
- refer you to other community services and supports
- help with safety planning, such as getting to and from court safely
Services are confidential, and are available in English, French, and other languages if you ask for it.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Contact InformationPhone 416-863-0511 Toll-free 1-866-863-0511 TTY 416-364-8762 Toll-free TTY 1-866-863-7868
The helpline is a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line for women who have experienced abuse. It helps women in over 200 languages, and offers counselling, support, information, and referrals to legal and community services.
You can call them or text #SAFE (#7233) on a Bell, Rogers, Fido, or Telus mobile phone.
Distress and Crisis Ontario
Distress and Crisis Ontario has a list of distress centres across the province that help people who are lonely, depressed, or suicidal. The centres are usually available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Many centres also have programs for survivors of suicide, support services for young people, telephone programs for seniors and vulnerable people, and mental health crisis lines.
Victim Support Line
Contact InformationPhone 416-314-2447 Toll-free 1-888-579-2888
The support line provides information for victims of crime. You can talk to someone in English and French and most other languages spoken in Ontario. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They also have a notification system that tells you when offenders are released from provincial prisons and gives information about them.
Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Contact InformationPhone 416-323-7327
There are 35 sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres in hospitals across Ontario. They offer medical care and counselling to victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The network’s website helps you find the centre closest to you.
Ontario Women’s Legal Centre
Contact InformationToll-free 1-833-632-0838
The Center offers free legal information and legal advice about family law in French to Francophone women in Ontario who are experiencing family violence. There is no financial eligibility test.
You must first call or email the legal support worker who will ask you for some information to understand your legal issue. A lawyer will call you back, usually within 4-5 days. The lawyer will spend up to 4 hours to answer your questions, give you advice, and review documents and forms.
Canadian Council of Muslim Women
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women provides Muslim women in Canada with culturally appropriate referrals to legal information and advice in family law, as well as with other issues like housing, mental health, and food bank services. It includes referrals to lawyers, as well as imams and social services organizations such as shelters. You have to email this intake form, and the service will try to respond within 24 hours.