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Where to Find Help

UPDATED January 30, 2012

Legal Assistance

New York

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.  We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.



Albany Law School Family Violence Litigation Clinic
Albany Law School of Union University
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 445-2328 -- ask for Jennifer Tromblee
Serving Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. Handles many case types for current or former domestic violence victims or those fleeing from violence. Cases are usually ONLY considered between late August through November and Jan through March.

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York Inc.
55 Colvin Ave
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (800) 462-2922
Phone: 518-462-6765
Fax: 518-427-8352
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - noon, 1pm - 5pm.


Southern Tier Legal Services
104 East Steuben Street
Bath, NY 14810
Phone: (877) 776-4126
Phone: 607-776-4126


The Safe Center LI (formerly the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
15 Grumman Road West, Suite 1000
Bethpage, NY 11714
Hotline: (516) 542-0404 (24-Hour Hotline)
Phone: (516) 465-4700
Fax: (516) 465-4750
Web: http://thesafecenterli.org/
The Safe Center LI offers confidential, specialized services for victims of domestic violence/dating violence, elder abuse, children who witness domestic violence, and sexual assault survivors through a 24-Hour Hotline, Crisis Intervention, Group and Individual Counseling. It also provides legal representation in the areas of immigration, custody/visitation, family offenses, separation or divorce, and child support.


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
168 Water Street
Second Floor
Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: (607) 231-5900; (800) 404-2782
Phone: (607) 724-7211
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Broome County


Bronx Legal Services
Bronx, NY
Phone: (718) 928-3700
Web: http://www.bronx.legalservicesnyc.org/index.jsp
Offers free civil legal advice and representation in the areas of Public Benefits, Family Law, Immigration, Education Law. There are 3 locations: (Main Office) 349 East 149th Street, 10th Floor;(Courthouse Office) 1118 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor;(Bronx Foreclosure Center) 851 Grand Concourse, Room 607A

Legal Aid Society of the Bronx
953 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10459
Phone: (718) 991-4600
Phone: (718) 842-2867
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/thebronx/bronxneighborhoodoffice.aspx
Services offered: Divorce and related issues, custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence related immigration relief, guardianships and adoptions; Prevention of eviction, denial of access to public or government-subsidized housing or shelter, representation of tenant groups, illegal foreclosure and housing code violations; Public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, Social Security disability and non-disability issues, foster care benefits, unemployment insurance benefits.

Sanctuary for Families, Bronx Legal Project
NYC Family Justice Center - Bronx
198 E. 161st Street, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-508-1249
Web: http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/
Free legal services for low-income domestic violence victims living in the Bronx. Se habla espanol.


1404 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: 800-932-8589
Phone: (718) 692-1876
Fax: (718) 692-2774
Web: http://www.kayama.org
Email: info@kayama.org
Kayama is a not-for-profit organization for Jewish people that helps them obtain gitten (Jewish divorce). There is no charge for their services. They help people in all states, all countries.

Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn
Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
111 Livingston Street, 7th Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 722-3100 auto-answer
Phone: (718) 722-3093
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/brooklyn.aspx.aspx
Services offered: Divorce and related issues, custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence related immigration relief, guardianships and adoptions; Prevention of eviction, denial of access to public or government-subsidized housing or shelter, representation of tenant groups, illegal foreclosure and housing code violations; Public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, Social Security disability and non-disability issues, foster care benefits, unemployment insurance benefits. Additional office for people over age 60:(718) 645-3111, http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/brooklyn/brooklynofficefortheaging.aspx

South Brooklyn Legal Services, Corporation B
105 Court Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 237-5500
Web: http://www.sbls.org/


Neighborhood Legal Services Inc.
237 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 847-0650
Fax: 716-847-0227
Web: http://www.nls.org


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
111 Port Watson Street
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 428-8400
Fax: (607) 753-7257
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Cortland County


Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc.
One Helen Keller Way 5th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 292-8100
Web: http://www.nslawservices.org/


The Coalition for Family Justice, Inc.
821 North Broadway
Irvington, NY 10533
Phone: (914) 591-5753
Phone: (914) 591-5998
Web: http://www.ncfj.org
Email: cfjmailbox@aol.com
Holds monthly meetings with lawyers on topics of divorce, custody and child support (charges $5/meeting); provides crisis intervention, financial guidance/planning, court accompaniment, and other help to pro se litigants. Does NOT provide legal representation in court cases.


Chautauqua County Legal Services Inc.
7 West Third Street 2nd Floor
Jamestown, NY 14701-5103
Phone: (800) 322-9928

New City

Legal Aid Society of Rockland County Inc.
2 Congers Road
New City, NY 10956-0314
Phone: (914) 634-3627
Phone: (845) 634-3627 or (800) 454-3627

New Paltz

Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc. - Farmworker Law Project
52 South Manheim Boulevard
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: 800-804-8575 (845) 256-9096
Phone: (845) 256-9096
Fax: (845) 256-0494
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/Programs/FarmWorkers.shtm
To qualify for this project, you must be a farmworker but you can live anywhere in NY State. The Farmworker Law Project provides legal assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers statewide. Farmworker Law Project staff travel to labor camps all across New York State, providing bilingual legal education materials and legal representation. Farmworker Law Project staff provide assistance to farmworkers and their families on important legal issues such as wage claims, workplace health and safety, substandard housing conditions, immigration matters and trafficking in persons.

New York

CONNECT NYC Legal Advocacy Helpline
PO BOX 20217
Greeley Square Station
New York, NY 10001-0006
Hotline: 212.683.0605 (main office number)
Phone: 212.683.0015
Web: http://www.connectnyc.org/index.html
Email: connect@connectnyc.org
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5pm. The Legal Advocacy Helpline provides domestic violence survivors with immediate access to legal information and advocacy. Advocates provide callers with basic and in-depth information and advocacy concerning the police, district attorney, criminal and family court, probation and parole, and social services such as shelter, housing, public assistance, and immigration.

Day One
P.O. Box 1507
Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013
Hotline: 800-214-4150
Phone: 212-566-8120 (office auto-answer)
Fax: 212-566-8121
Web: http://www.dayoneny.org
Email: info@dayoneny.org
Provides free and confidential legal services to young people who have been abused in all 5 boroughs (ages 12-22). Se habla español.

Legal Aid Society Headquarters - Manhattan
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-577-3300
Fax: 212-509-8761
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/findus/locations/mahattan.aspex

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212.607.3300
Web: http://www.nyclu.org/node/1721
Only accepts specific legal cases involving challenges to a government law, policy or practice affecting the constitutional rights – that is, the civil liberties and civil rights – of a significant number of people arising in New York State. Contact the office near you for more information. The cases they do NOT accept, for example, are individual criminal defense; complaints about an individual’s attorney in a criminal case; claims of innocence by prisoners; individual employment disputes; disputes involving private companies; landlord-tenant disputes; obtaining green cards/visas for immigrants; and only monetary damages.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W. 24th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.337.8550
Fax: 212.337.1972
Web: http://srlp.org/
SRLP provides direct representation for low income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas. Survival & Self Determination Project: Name Changes, Assistance Obtaining and Updating ID Documents, Health Care Advocacy, Criminal History/Fingerprinting; Immigrant Rights Project: Name Changes, Assistance Updating Immigration Documents, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, Removal Defense, Asylum; and a Prisoner Rights Project.

The Door
555 Broome Street (between Varick and Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue))
(Mailing Address: 121 Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-941-9090
Web: http://www.door.org/
Email: info@door.org
Provides services to NYC youth, aged 12 to 21. We can help to provide legal services to you if you are: A recent immigrant, undocumented (living in the United States without the proper paperwork), or currently in deportation proceedings; In foster care; Pregnant or caring for a child; Homeless and/or living without your parents, or having issues with your landlord; In need of public benefits, such as Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid or welfare, social security, etc.; In need of help with family law issues such as paternity, child support, domestic violence, child custody and visitation rights; Being victimized or stalked; In need of proper forms of personal identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, non-driver’s license, etc. To see a list of other (non-legal) services provided, see here: http://www.door.org/programs-services

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Law Association of NY (Lawyer Referral Service)
799 Broadway #340
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212) 459-4873 (Lawyer Referral Service)
Phone: (212) 353-9118
Web: http://www.le-gal.org/site/
Email: le_gal@earthlink.net
NYC Residents only: LeGaL sponsors a lawyer referral service directing clients to private attorneys in NYC who are sensitive to LGBT issues.

New York City

inMotion, Inc.
100 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York City, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 695-3800
Web: http://www.inmotiononline.org/
Email: gethelp@inmotiononline.org
Legal advice and representation on contested & uncontested divorces, orders of protection, custody/visitation, child support and spousal support, VAWA immigration self-petitions and battered spouse waivers. If you are a low-income woman who wants to start an uncontested divorce case and you know where your husband either lives or works, you can call one of inMotion's offices, or email gethelp@inmotiononline.org for more information.

Legal Aid Society (Manhattan offices)
Harlem Community Office: 230 East 106th Street, NY, NY 10029
Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office: 199 Water Street 3rd Floor New York, NY 10038
New York City, NY
Phone: Harlem Community Office: (212) 426-3000
Phone: Lower Manhattan Community Office: (212) 577-3300
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/manhattan.aspx
Harlem Community Office services:Family Law Unit; General Litigation; HIV/Aids Project; Housing Development Unit; Elder Law Project; Community Economic Development Project; Benefits Entitlement; HRA Project; Disability Benefits Law Project; Low Income Taxpayers Clinic Lower Manhattan Community Office services:Housing; Public Benefits; Social Security/SSI; Employment and Unemployment Issues

Legal Services for NYC
40 Worth Street, Suite 606
New York City, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 442-3600
Web: http://www.legalservicesnyc.org/
No clients seen at this locataion. Referral only

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York City, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 613-5000
Web: http://www. nylag.org
NYLAG hosts the Domestic Violence Clinical Center in which law students represent victims of domestic violence under the supervision of an attorney in family offense proceedings in all five boroughs of NYC. NYLAG attorneys are available for intake Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. Family law intake Tuesday and Friday ONLY 9:00am-3pm.

NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project
350 Broadway
New York City, NY
Hotline: 646-442-3630
Provides free bankruptcy assistance to low-income residents of New York City who are considering bankruptcy. We assist people through weekly “bankruptcy workshops,” in which debtors meet with attorneys to learn about, and be assessed for bankruptcy. Where appropriate, we assist debtors in preparing and filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions. In addition, NYC BAP finds pro bono (volunteer) attorneys for pro se (self-represented) debtors in the bankruptcy courts. Serving all boroughs.

Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project
New York City, NY
Hotline: 800-621-HOPE(4673) for Domestic Violence
Phone: 866-689-HELP(4357) for Crime Victims
Phone: 212-227-3000 for Rape, Sexual Assault or Incest
Web: http://www.safehorizon.org
Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Law Project (DVLP) and Immigration Law Project (ILP) provide free legal information and advice to domestic violence victims with family and immigration law-related matters. Also provides direct legal representation to low-income and indigent domestic violence victims in family and supreme court proceedings and immigration matters throughout New York City. If answering machine picks up, please let them know if it is safe to call you back or leave a message. If you cannot talk during those hours, exceptions can be made to talk at a later time.

Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services
PO Box 1406 Wall Street Station
New York City, NY 10268
Phone: (212) 349-6009
Web: http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org
Sanctuary provides shelter referrals, clinical services, and legal services (including assistance with immigration cases) to victims of abuse. Se habla espanol.M-F 9am-5pm. Languages spoken: English, ASL, Bengali, Dutch, French, French-Creole, German, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, other languages by request

Sanctuary For Families, Inc.
New York City, NY
Hotline: 800-942-6906 (English)
Phone: 800-942-6908 (Espanol)
Sanctuary provides shelter referrals, clinical services, and legal services (including assistance with immigration cases) to victims of abuse. Se habla espanol.

SHIELD Hotline of the NY City Bar Association
New York City, NY
Phone: (212) 626-7383
Web: http://www.abcny.org/CityBarFund/SHIELD.htm
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and T/R 3:30-5:30PM The SHIELD(Self-Help Information, Education and Legal Defense) hotline is a free advice hotline sponsored by the Bar Association for income-qualified callers. A phone call to the hotline connects you with a staff of knowledgeable referral counselors, who are attorneys and paralegals. SHIELD counselors will give free legal advice on a wide range of subjects, such as divorce, family law, immigration, bankruptcy, employment and landlord-tenant issues.

The New Start Project, Inc.
33 West 19th Street, #324
New York City, NY 10011
Phone: (646) 619-1272
Fax: (646) 619-1273
Web: http://www.newstartproject.com/index.html
The New Start Project prepares paperwork for Uncontested Divorces as well as Separation Agreements for residents of the 5 boroughs of NYC and parts of Long Island and Westchester as well. They also assist with the preparation of limited Contested Divorce Paperwork such as Notice of Appearances and Answers. Their fees are based on a sliding scale ranging from $100 to $500 for the entire service from start to finish. No client will be turned away for inability to pay.

Urban Justice Center - Domestic Violence Project
40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
New York City, NY 10006
Hotline: 718-875-5062
Phone: 718-875-9400
Phone: 646-602-5600
Web: http://www.urbanjustice.org/
Provides legal and social services for victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn. They provide representation and legal advocacy; crisis counseling; and empowerment groups.

Niagara Falls

Niagara County Legal Aid Society Inc.
775 Third Street
P.O. Box 844
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0844
Phone: (716) 284-8831


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
27 West Main Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Phone: (607) 336-8256
Fax: (607) 334-8004
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Chenango County


New York Peace Institute
Brooklyn and Manhattan locations (see below)
Phone: 212.577.1740 (Manhattan location)
Phone: 718.834.6671 (Brooklyn location)
Web: http://www.nypeace.org
Email: info@nypeace.org
New York Peace Institute is a nonprofit providing free mediation and conflict resolution services to the Manhattan and Brooklyn communities. Mediation can effectively resolve disputes including: neighbor and landlord/tenant disputes, parenting plans (custody/visitation), civil matters like debts and breach of contracts, property damage and assaults/altercations, conflicts between students or regarding special education services and more. You can contact them to discuss mediation for your situation. NYPI is not a legal service and does not accept domestic violence matters for mediation. Their locations are: Manhattan Mediation Center 111 John St Rm 600 New York NY 10038 212.577.1740 and Brooklyn Mediation Center 210 Joralemon St Rm 618 Brooklyn NY 11201 718.834.6671


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
P.O. Box 887
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 433-2220
Phone: (800) 821-9895
Fax: (607) 433-1433
Web: http://www.lasmny.org
Serves: Delaware and Otsego Counties


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
108 West Bridge Street

Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 532-6900
Phone: (315) 342-1891
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Oswego County


North Country Legal Services Inc.
100 Court Street
P.O. Box 989
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-0989
Phone: (800) 722-7380


Legal Aid Society Queens
120-46 Queens Boulevard (in Kew Gardens)
Queens, NY 11415
Phone: (718) 286-2450
Phone: (718) 263-4234
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/queens.aspx
Services for: housing, public assistance benefits, family law, and consumer law.

Main Street Legal Services, Battered Women's Rights Clinic, CUNY Law School
65-21 Main Street
Queens, NY
Phone: (718) 575-4300
Web: http://www.law.cuny.edu/clinics/clinicalofferings/BatteredWomen.html


Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation
One West Main Street
4th Floor
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-325-2520
Phone: TDD-585-325-2547
Fax: 585-325-2559
Web: http://www.lawny.org/index.php/monroe-county-legal-assistance-center

Staten Island

Legal Aid Society Staten Island
60 Bay Street, 3rd floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 273-6677
Web: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/findus/locations/statenisland.aspx
Provides general legal services in the areas of housing, benefits and family law, including domestic violence.


Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Suffolk, NY
Phone: (631) 666-8833
Web: http://www.sccadv.org/
Has one staff attorney who represents victims of domestic violence in family court at no charge in the areas of custody,visitation, child support.


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
472 South Salina Street
Suite # 400
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 703-6600
Fax: (315) 671-0062
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Cayuga and Onondaga Counties


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
255 Genesee Street , 2nd Floor
Utica, NY 13501-3405
Phone: (315) 793-7000
Phone: (877) 203-1062
Fax: (315) 732-3202
Web: http://www.lasmny.org/
Serves: Herkimer, Lewis, Madison and Oneida Counties


Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York Inc.
44 Public Square
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 955-6700
Fax: (315) 785-9118
Web: http://www.lasmny.org
Serves: Jefferson and Lewis Counties

White Plains

Legal Services of Hudson Valley
90 Maple Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 949-1305
Web: http://www.lshv.org/
Provides civil legal services to low-income people. Services provided in Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties of New York.

Pace Women’s Justice Center
Pace University School of Law
78 No. Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Hotline: (914) 287-0739 (leave a message and they will return the call within 24-36 hrs)
Phone: (914) 877-SAFE914
Phone: (914) 422-4069
Web: http://www.law.pace.edu/wjc
Proving services primarily for domestic violence clients in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Services include direct legal representation in family law and domestic violence-related civil matters for domestic victims/survivors and elder abuse victims. Also providing walk-in offices in the White Plains and Yonkers Family Courts for domestic violence victims seeking protective orders. In addition, there is a Legal Helpline where callers can receive legal information and referrals.

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