Legal programs to assist victims of domestic violence


Legal Helpline


LAAW’s Legal Helpline provides safety planning and crisis support, legal options and information, county-specific step by step filing procedures, and critical legal and social services referrals to any caller regardless of geographic location. Callers that request free legal representation complete an intake form, which is reviewed with a LAAW attorney who determines eligibility.


The project, as with all LAAW services, combines expertise in domestic violence issues and legal remedies with immediate and on-going support that is easily accessible and free-of-charge.


The Crisis Line opened in 1986 as LAAW’s first project.



Free Legal Representation


LAAW offers free legal representation at Adult and Child Order of Protection hearings for victims of abuse.


Eligibility guidelines address the needs of the poor and the “working poor” and clients receive on-going advocacy and support while the protective order is in effect or until an end to services is requested. Specialized services are provided for immigrants and refugees.


Volunteer attorneys are an important component and significantly increase the number of clients that can be served. LAAW’s Managing Attorney works closely with Thompson Coburn, other law firms, Washington University School of Law Civil Justice Clinic, St. Louis University Legal Clinics and other local partners who provide pro bono legal representation for LAAW clients.