Updated: September 13, 2016
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.
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Abilene office)
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) offers free civil legal assistance to low-income Texans. They serve 115 counties in Texas with 15 offices; the Abilene office serves Stonewall, Nolan, Taylor, Mitchell, Scurry, Fischer, Jones, Haskell, Throck-Morton, Shackel-Ford, Stephens, Eastland and Callahan counties. They are able to represent clients in any type of civil matter. Their practice focuses on support for families, preserving the home, maintaining, economic stability, safety, stability, and health, individuals with special needs and problems affecting groups of individuals.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (Alpine office)
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas. The Alpine office serves Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Pecos, Presidio and Reeves counties. The majority of TRLA clients are low-income women and children who are victims of domestic violence and who need assistance in escaping violence and remaining violence-free.
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Amarillo office)
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) offers free civil legal assistance to low-income Texans. They serve 115 counties in Texas with 15 offices; the Amarillo office serves Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith , Donley, Gray, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Wheeler counties. They are able to represent clients in any type of civil matter.
Lone Star Legal Aid (Angleton office)
Lone Star Legal Aid provides legal services, including representation, to low income residents of 72 counties in Texas from 12 offices. The Angleton office serves Brazoria, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton counties. They provide services for a variety of legal issues including issues regarding domestic violence and family law. Lone Star Legal Aid will provide assistance to those with limited English skills.
Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc.
703 West Main Street, Suite H
Asian Family Support Services of Austin
(877) 281-8371 or (512) 651-3743
Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI), provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. AFSSA’s specific programs include: The Survivor Assistance Program, which provides crisis intervention services, advocacy for legal and immigration matters, individual and group counseling and hotline services, hospital accompaniment, help applying for protective orders and making police reports, therapeutic counseling and basic needs such as safety planning, food and shelter.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas: Immigration Legal Services (Austin Office)
(512) 651-6125 (Consultation Scheduling)
Catholic Charities of Central Texas provides low-cost legal representation in immigration matters. Representation includes, but is not limited to family based immigration, permanent resident card replacement or renewal, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), visas for victims of crime and human trafficking, naturalization, and asylum. Clients must be at or below the 200% federal poverty guidelines to access services.
Family Violence Protection Team
Police Department: 715 East Eighth Street
Fire Department: 4201 Ed Bluestein Boulevard
Austin, TX 78721
The Family Violence Protection Team (FVPT) is a collaborative, community response to family violence that provides multiple services at one location. They improve access to law enforcement, counseling, crisis management and legal services for survivors of family violence and their children. The Family Violence Protection Team serves Travis County.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (Austin office)
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas. The Austin office serves Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson counties. The majority of TRLA clients are low-income women and children who are victims of domestic violence and who need assistance in escaping violence and remaining violence-free.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
816 Congress Avenue, Suite 701
Austin, TX 78701
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) is an organization that provides civil legal services to low-income people through attorney volunteers in Travis County. Their attorneys help people with cases such as helping victims of abuse end violent relationships, connecting persons with disabilities with medical and financial benefits, and keeping people out of homelessness by defending against wrongful evictions and foreclosures.
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