Virtual Legal Clinic for women

computer with 2 people on the screenThe Virtual Legal Clinic provides free summary legal advice to women in Ontario who have been subjected to intimate partner violence.

Call us at 905-728-0978 ext.235 or toll free at 1-866-516-3116 ext.235, or email us to learn more or book an appointment.

The Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic provides women with free legal advice on family law issues. We use web-based video conferencing or the telephone to connect women to lawyers.

Who can use the clinic

You can use the Virtual Legal Clinic if you are a woman in Ontario who:

  • has experienced violence or abuse in your relationship
  • has a family law legal issue for which you wish to receive summary legal advice (e.g. parenting arrangements, child or spousal support, property division or financial issues, safety concerns)
  • does not have a lawyer for the legal issue you wish to discuss

About the lawyers

Our lawyers are experienced and trained on the issues women deal with when they leave an abusive partner. 

During a Virtual Legal Clinic meeting, they will provide summary legal advice, meaning they will advise you on your legal problem, but they will not go with you to a hearing.  

How to prepare

A legal support worker will assist you with your meeting meeting. She will: 

  • support you to prepare the meeting with the lawyer 
  • attend the meeting to take notes for you 
  • help you follow through on the next steps in your case after the meeting 

If you don’t have a legal support worker in your local community, Luke’s Place staff will assist you. They will also connect you with services in your community so that you have ongoing support. 

Book an appointment: toll free: 1-866-516-3116 ext.235, or email  

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If you're a lawyer, learn more about how you can participate in the Virtual Legal Clinic.

If you work at a women's organization in Ontario and want to provide Virtual Legal Clinic services, contact us to learn how.

The Law Foundation of Ontario Advancing access to justice

The Clinic is financially supported by The Law Foundation of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The McLean Foundation and the George Lunan Foundation. Luke’s Place is solely responsible for all content.

We use the term women to include all self-identified women (including two-spirited, cisgender or transgender women) 16 years of age and older.

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