The first step to identifying a legal service referral may be to visit www.DELegalHelpLink.org. Legal services are available to victims/survivors in Delaware through Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS), and Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc.
CLASI provides free legal services to:
- People with disabilities, as Delaware’s Protection and Advocacy System
- Older citizens (60 and over)
- Victims of housing discrimination, under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiative Program
- People living in poverty facing eviction, termination of subsidized housing, or reduction/denial/termination of public benefits
- Victims of domestic violence
- Immigrant victims of crime, abuse, and neglect
CLASI is committed to racial and ethnic fairness in the delivery of its services. CLASI has offices in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown.
DVLS provides services statewide and assists clients with problems relating to Protection from Abuse, divorce, and custody cases involving domestic violence, guardianships, housing, Landlord/Tenant, wills, government benefits, and homeownership. Service recipients, except for survivors of domestic violence, must meet federal poverty income standards (we cannot and do not deny survivors of domestic violence services due to income eligibility). Additionally, DVLS provides services for expungements/pardons/FDIC waivers through the JP Morgan Chase Second Chances Career Pathways Project.
Legal Services Corporation of Delaware (LSCD) provides legal advice and representation in the following areas:
· Housing (private landlord/tenant matters including eviction, conditions issues, security deposits, lease issues)
· Consumer Rights including debt collection defense
· Unemployment benefits
· Mortgage foreclosure defense
· Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13)
Clients must meet financial eligibility guidelines in order to qualify for our services. LSCD handles only civil cases. Services are provided statewide, with offices in both Wilmington and Dover.
*Legal services provided by these organizations are subject to change. Please contact them directly to determine eligibility and availability of services.
Mexican Consulate (Philadelphia) has a program called Initiative for Comprehensive Care for Women that assists Mexican nationals who are victims of domestic violence. Included within this program are attorneys who are available to help with a number of legal issues. The program has a 24-hour hotline - 215-266-3740. These services are available to Delaware residents.
Going to court or getting a Protection from Abuse (PFA) can be scary and confusing. CHILD, Inc.'s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program advocates can help! These advocates are located in Family Court in all three counties in Delaware. They can help people before, during, and after the PFA process. Although the advocates are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice, they may be able to connect victims with free or low cost attorneys.
Advocates can provide support during court hearings and offer referrals to other community resources. They also provide crisis counseling and can help victims/survivors develop a plan to move forward safely.
New Castle County: 302-255-0420
Kent County: 302-672-1075
Sussex County: 302-856-5843
Capitol Police Domestic Violence Program
The Capitol Police Domestic Violence Program is designed to assist those that need to use Delaware Courts for any domestic-related issues (for example, a criminal trial as a witness, civil issues such as divorce, child custody or support, protection from abuse orders, or any other domestic issue.) If an individual is afraid and has been abused, threatened, harassed or intimidated, this program may be able to help, by providing a safe escort to and from the court.