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Where to Find Help

UPDATED July 22, 2011

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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.


Maryland Legal Aid
229 Hanover Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (800) 666-8330
Phone: (410) 263-8330 (Annapolis)
Web: http://www.mdlab.org
(410) 269-0846 (Baltimore)and(301) 261-1956 (D.C.)


Adelante Familia
3734 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: (410) 732-2176
Web: http://www.vincentbaltimore.org/adelante_familia.html
Services provided: Counseling, legal advocacy, court companion, safe house, referrals and batterer intervention for Spanish speakers. Adelante Familia helps Spanish speaking immigrants and their families in the Baltimore/Metropolitan area. We meet their needs and improve their quality of life by providing culturally competent crisis intervention and support services with a focus on domestic violence.

CHANA (Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women)
101 West Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201-5781
Phone: (410) 234-0030
Services provided: Hotline, support group, individual counseling, safehouse, legal services and referrals for Jewish victims of domestic violence. Rabbinical and lay professional training, speaker's bureau.

Cherry Hill Neighborhood Center
606 Cherry Hill Road
Baltimore, MD 21225
Phone: (410) 355-4223
Web: http://www.mdlab.org

Law Clinics, University of Baltimore School of Law (Immigrant Rights, Family Law)
40 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-837-5706
Fax: 410-837-4776
These legal clinics provides free legal services to clients in immigration matters, including, but not limited to, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, VAWA petitions, T-visas, U-visas, and cancellation of removal, as well as family law matters.

Legal Aid Bureau Inc. - Main office
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Hotline: (800) 999-8904
Phone: (410) 951-7777
Web: http://www.mdlab.org

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
One North Charles Street, Suite 222
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 547-6537
Phone: Outside Baltimore: (800) 510-0050 (toll free)
Web: http://www.mvlslaw.org
Hours:Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Provides free or reduced fee representation to low-income individuals with civil legal problems throughout Maryland. Those in need of legal services can also apply online through the MVLS website.

Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project of the Women's Law Center of Maryland
111 N. Calvert Street, Room 333
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 534-8800
Services provided: Assist immigrants with protective orders, secures interpreters/translators, assists with immigration petitions, referrals and safety information

Tahirih Justice Center
111 South Calvert Street
Suite 1950
Baltimore, MD 21202-6174
Phone: 571-282-6161
The Tahirih Justice Center provides immigration legal services to women fleeing violence in their Baltimore office, and may be able to provide referrals on other family law issues.

The House Of Ruth Maryland - Majorie Cook Foundation
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Hotline: (410) 889-RUTH
Phone: (410) 554-8463
Phone: (888) 880-7884 Legal Hotline
Fax: (410) 889-9347
Web: http://www.hruth.org/legal.htm
Email: info@hruthmd.org
Main Office Baltimore (410) 554 -8463 Main Office Prince George's County (240) 450-3270

Bel Air

Legal Aid
103 South Hickory Ave
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: (410) 836-8202 (Hartford Co.)
Phone: 410-879-3755 (Baltimore)
(800) 444-9529 (Baltimore/TTY available)


Legal Aid
110 Greene Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (866)-389-5243 (Garrett Co./TTY available)
Phone: (301) 777-7474 (Allegany Co.)
Web: http://www.mdlab.org


Maryland Legal Aid
Tred Avon Square, Suite 3
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: (410) 763-9676
Phone: (800) 477-2543
Web: http://www.mdlab.org
Caroline, Queen Anne's, Kent and Talbot Counties

Ellicott City

Legal Aid
District Court 2nd Floor
3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 480-1057
Web: http://www.mdlab.org


Heartly House
P.O. Box 857
Frederick, MD 21705-0857
Hotline: (301) 662-8800
Phone: (301) 662-1565 (TTY)
Fax: (301) 663-4334
Web: http://www.heartlyhouse.org/
Services include: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, victim advocate services and legal representation, medical advocacy services for victims of sexual assault, abuser intervention groups, transitional housing, and community outreach and professional education.

Legal Aid
22 S. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 694-7414
Phone: (800) 679-8813
Web: http://www.mdlab.org
Frederick, Washington and Carroll Counties


Maryland Legal Aid
15364 Prince Frederick Road
Hughesville, MD 20637
Phone: (301) 932-6661 (Charles Co.)
Phone: (877) 310-1810
Web: http://www.mdlab.org


Legal Aid
6811 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 500
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: (301) 560-2100
Phone: (888) 215-5316 (TTY)
Web: http://www.mdlab.org


Legal Aid
51 Monroe St. Suite 1200
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 314-0373
Phone: (888) 215-5316


Legal Aid
111 High Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: (410) 546-5511
Phone: (800) 444-4099 (TTY available)
Web: http://www.mdlab.org
Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties


Baltimore County Legal Aid
29 W. Susquehanna Ave., Suite 305
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: (410) 296-6705
Web: http://www.mdlab.org

Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project
401 Bosley Ave, 2nd Floor
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-887-3162 (Baltimore County) and (410) 386-2440 in Carroll County
Phone: 410-783-0377 (Baltimore City)
The Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project represents victims of domestic violence at protection order hearings in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Carroll County Circuit Courts. The Project's attorneys represent people who have been abused by an intimate partner (current or past boyfriend/girlfriend, current or ex spouse) in proceedings to obtain protection orders, enforce protection orders through contempt, and modify existing protection orders. The project is open Monday through Friday and there is no charge.

Women's Law Center - Main office
305 West Chesapeake Ave, Suite 201
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-321-8761
Fax: 410-321-0462
Web: http://www.wlcmd.org/
Email: admin@wlcmd.org


Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)
P.O. Box 14268
Washington, DC 20044-4268
Phone: (202) 464-4477
Web: http://www.dvrp.org
Email: info@dvrp.org
Services provided: Advocacy, peer support, safety planning, legal and social service resources, community outreach, technical assistance program for Asians/Pacific Islanders. Reach an advocate by calling Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese languages spoken.


Women’s Law Center Protection Order Advocacy & Representation Project
Carroll County Courthouse Annex
55 North Court Street, Suite 208
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-386-2440
Fax: 410-751-5339

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