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Do I need a lawyer?

In most states, protection order and restraining order laws are designed so that you can go to court without a lawyer. However, if there are children involved, if your abuser has a lawyer, or if you think you might need help, you may want to select a lawyer to make sure that everything is done right. For other cases, like custody, divorce, immigration, etc., it is usually better if you have a good lawyer to help you. If you have been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, it is helpful if your lawyer understands the issues you may be facing and has experience working with domestic violence or sexual assault. For more information about Domestic Violence please visit the American Bar Association Commission website.

How do I find a lawyer?

A lawyer referral service can help you find a lawyer who has experience in domestic violence. You should make sure to specifially ask whether they screen for those who are experienced in handling domestic violence cases because not all lawyer referral services do this. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you may be able to get help from a legal aid, who provides free or low-cost legal help. If they can’t help you, they might be able to refer you to someone who can take your case on a sliding scale fee or for free. Some legal aid organizations that give referrals don’t advertise that they do so be sure to specifically ask for a referral if you need one. Shelters and other domestic violence  organizations may also be able to provide you with a referral for someone who can take your case for a lower fee. You may also want to try law schools in your area because sometimes they have legal clinics and will take cases for free.

Law Firm State Pro Bono Information
Legal Services for Northern Virginia VA Intake Information
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society VA Eligibility Chart
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society VA Application Page
Virginia Legal Aid Society VA Online Application
Tahirih Justice Center VA, MD, DC VA & DC – 571-282-6161
6402 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300, Falls Church, VA 22042
TTY: 711
MD – 410-999-1900
201 N. Charles St., Suite 920, Baltimore, MD 21201
Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc. VA Intake (available from
Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia VA Online Application
Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. VA Application Information
Virginia Poverty Law Center VA 1-866-534-5243
Legal Aid Justice Center VA Contact Information
Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley VA Contact
Neighborhood Legal Services Program DC Eligibility
Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center (only family law) VA Contact
Good Samaritan Advocates Greater DC Area Intake
Amara Legal Center DC Online Contact Form
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center VA, MD, DC Contact Information
Ayuda MD, DC (202) 387-4848
Bread for the City DC Clinic Hours and Information
Break the Cycle DC
DC Law Pro Bono Center DC Resources for Individuals
Mil Mujeres (only VAWA) DC Línea Nacional: 202-808-3311
Línea gratuita Nacional/National Toll-free: 1-888-441-1189
Network for Victim Recovery of DC DC Bridgette Harwood at 202.742.1727
Legal Aid Society of DC DC Intake
Women and the Law Clinic DC 202-274-4140
Williams and Connolly, LLP DC Williams & Connolly LLP
725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-434-5000
Fax: 202-434-5029
Maryland Legal Aid MD Online Intake
Maryland Volunteer Legal Services MD Telephone and Online Intake
Women’s Law Center of Maryland MD Contact Information
House of Ruth MD (410) 554-8463
Heartly House MD 301-662-8800
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland MD
Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center MD Telephone Interview
Community Law Center MD Apply
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County MD Contact