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What do I need to know about seeking legal assistance as a domestic violence victim?

Obtaining legal help as a domestic violence victim can help protect your rights. Your attorney represents your interests and is your advocate in a court of law. They can provide you the options you need to consider and all possible outcomes.

Don’t be afraid to interview potential lawyers to make sure they understand your case. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you may be eligible for free or reduced legal help.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can consult the following resources:

Specializes in Asian or Pacific Islander (API) clients. Cantonese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese and 20 other Asian languages available.

24/7 hotline: 800-339-3940

  • Rainbow Services, Ltd.

24/7 hotline:  310-547-9343

  • Jewish Family Service of LA

24/7 hotline:  818-505-0900

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Tagalog: 855-300-2552

English: 888-349-9695

  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law: 213-388-7515
  • LA LGBT Center

Walk-in hours cancelled until further notice.

General intake: 323-993-7670

  • Legal Advocacy Project for Survivors: 323-993-7649
  • Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center

Application can be found at Submit application via email or fax. Staff will follow up via phone.


  • Pepperdine Legal Clinic

Available for intakes (information, brief advice and counsel only)

New callers can leave messages at 310-506-6344.

Source: Break the Cycle

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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