Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook
Getting legal help
Your lawyer can do things like:
- help you apply to stay in Canada
- help you understand how your immigration status might affect any family law or criminal law issues
- explain the differences between making an H&C application and a refugee claim
- help you decide if you should apply to separate your refugee claim from your partner's refugee claim
You might be able to get a Legal Aid certificate to help you with an H&C application in certain situations, such as if you have experienced domestic violence and there are children involved. To apply, call Legal Aid Ontario toll-free at 1-800-668-8258.
Legal Aid Ontario's Refugee Law Office offers free help to people leaving an abusive relationship with their:
- refugee claims
- H&C applications
- other immigration questions
You can call them toll free at 1-855-854-8111 or at 416-977-8111 in Toronto. Your local community legal clinic might also be able to help you. See section, General legal services for more information.
If you have experienced family violence and need immediate legal help, you might be able to get 2 hours of free advice from a lawyer.
If you need advice from a family lawyer and an immigration lawyer you can ask to get advice for both.
This service is offered through some women's shelters, community legal clinics, and Family Law Service Centres. Or you can call Legal Aid Ontario toll-free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out more. See section, General legal services for more information.
You might need to speak to a family lawyer, especially if you have children. If you have a family law court order that deals with your children, it is important to get family law advice about your situation.