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Does your spouse/ boyfriend/girlfriend:

Threaten to beat you or your children or terrorize you or your children?

Hit, punch, slap, kick, push or hurt you or your children in any way?

Emotionally abuse you, such as insult you or your child at home or in public?

Force you to have sex when you do not want to?

Threaten to take your children away or hurt them?

Control where you go, what you can do, and whom you can see?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be a victim of domestic violence.

If you are experiencing domestic violence:

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Get emergency shelter for yourself and your children

Apply for emergency aid (Los Angeles County)

Visit one of our domestic violence clinics. Staff at the clinics will be able to help you file legal paperwork and get connected to resources that may help you. This may include filing for divorce, filing for a restraining order, custody orders or property division orders.

Domestic violence can take many forms. This includes things like physical abuse (hitting, punching, slapping) against you or your children, sexual abuse (sexual assault or rape), verbal abuse, withholding money for food and other necessities, threats to your life, threats to your children, or threats to your property.

Please see the list of questions above to see if you may be a victim of domestic violence.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles family law practice covers many areas of law, and focuses on helping domestic violence victims and survivors leave abusive relationships.

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Click here for a list of emergency shelters.

If you are an immigrant who is a victim of domestic violence,click here.

We also have specialized family law services for military veterans.Click hereto read more about our services to veterans.

LAFLA partners with several organizations to offer services.Click here for a list of resources.

We run three domestic violence clinics in downtown LA, Long Beach and Santa Monica.

Toll Family Law Counseling Center, Los Angeles Courthouse

111 N. Hill St. Room 245, Los Angeles, CA 90012Get Directions

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 1:30-3:30 pm.

Walk-ins only, no appointments are available.

275 Magnolia Ave., Room 1004, Long Beach, CA 90802Get Directions

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Intake at 9:00 a.m.

Walk-ins only, no appointments are available.

1725 Main St., Room 121, Santa Monica, CA 90401Get Directions

Monday-Wednesday and Friday. 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Walk-ins only, no appointments are available.

We also hold clinics at other times.Click hereto see our upcoming clinics.

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We also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.

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For legal help, please call us at from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday to see if we may be able to help.

If you are in immediate danger, please dial 911.

If you need emergency shelter, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at .

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Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles follows federal poverty guidelines and assists only low-income people. People with income less than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible and may qualify for assistance, however, sometimes people with less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines can qualify as well.Click here for more details. Please call LAFLA at to see if you are eligible.

At our Self-Help Centers, we can help anyone of any income level. We have four Self-Help Centers:TorranceInglewoodLong BeachandSanta MonicaClick hereto locate the Self-Help Center closest to you.

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Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles does not handle the following cases:

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Below is a list of referrals, including private attorney referral services, that handle these types of cases.

Attorney Misconduct/ Mala Conducta De Abogado

State Bar of California (Barra del Estado de California)

Outside of California (Fuera de California)

300 N. Los Angeles St. 3rd Floor, Room 3132

Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Car Accidents/ Accidentes De Automoviles

Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution

Credit Counseling/Orientation De Credito

Probate/Wills/Legalizacion De Un Testamento

Private Attorney Referrals/Abogados Privados

Los Angeles County Bar Referral Service (Barra de Abogados de Los Angeles)

Long Beach Bar Association Referral Service (Barra de Abogados de Long Beach)

We also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.

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Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles helps low-income people. People with income less than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible and may qualify for assistance. Sometimes people with less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines can qualify. Please call LAFLA at to see if you are eligible.

The above incomes are guidelines. Other factors may affect your eligibility. Please call us at to find out if you are eligible.

At our Self-Help Centers, we can help anyone of any income level. We have four Self-Help Centers:TorranceInglewoodLong BeachandSanta MonicaClick hereto locate the Self-Help Center closest to you.

We also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.

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LAFLA has five offices located in the communities where our clients live and work. For greater community outreach, we also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses. The centers are walk-in clinics that offer individuals who are representing themselves legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces and paternity actions, and civil harassment. Referrals to local bar association referral programs or legal services programs are provided.

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We also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.

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We also have threeDomestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates fourSelf-Help Legal Access Centerslocated in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.

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