Legal Services - Information for Victims

Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Pilot Program

If you are a survivor of sexual assault living in the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa or the District of Thunder Bay, you may be eligible to receive up to four hours of free legal advice to help you make informed decisions about your next steps. Learn more.

Legal Aid Certificates

In Ontario, legal aid is provided by an independent government agency called Legal Aid Ontario.

Ontario's legal aid certificate program provides eligible low income people with certificates for a set number of hours of service to be provided by a private lawyer.

Victims of domestic violence may qualify for a free two-hour appointment with a lawyer. You can also get emergency authorization from a local women's shelter or community legal clinic.

Community Legal Clinics

Community legal clinics provide summary advice, referral and representation on various legal issues. Student legal clinics in law schools in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Windsor can also provide representation and assistance.

To find the nearest legal aid office, community legal clinic, or student legal clinic , call 1-800-668-8258 or visit Legal Aid Ontario's web site.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The clinic offers free counselling, legal and interpreter services for women who have experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse. The clinic accepts collect calls.

To find out how the clinic can help, call 416-323-9149 or visit their web site.

Lawyer Referral Service

The Lawyer Referral Service can help you find a private lawyer in Ontario. The first half-hour with the lawyer is free.

For service in English or French, call 1-800-268-8326 or 416-947-3330 (within the GTA).

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