Legal services are available to victims/survivors in Delaware through Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc. Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS). The first step to identifying a legal service referral may be to visit www.DELegalHelpLink.org.
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
- Victims of domestic violence
- Immigrant victims of crime, abuse and neglect
CLASI is committed to racial and ethnic fairness in the delivery of their services. CLASI has offices in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown.
DVLS assists clients with problems relating to Protection from Abuse, divorce and custody cases involving domestic violence, guardianships, housing, Landlord/Tenant, wills, government benefits, homeownership and consumer issues. Service recipients must meet federal poverty income standards. DVLS serves the following areas: Wilmington, New Castle, Newark, Dover, Georgetown, Middletown, Bear, Milford, & Rehoboth.
Legal Services Corporation of Delaware offers free legal assistance to those who are financially eligible. Assistance is available for civil matters (e.g. bankruptcy, eviction/foreclosure, unemployment benefit problems, and other consumer issues). They have offices in Wilmington and Dover.
*Legal services provided by these organizations is subject to change. Please contact them directly to determine eligibility and availability of services.
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.