Lawyers offer free legal advice to domestic violence victims

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, some of Philadelphia’s lawyers are offering free legal advice to victims.

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association is providing free information to abuse victims on how to get a protection from abuse order or PFA.

The division will be taking calls through it’s LegaLine program Wednesday night between 5 and 7 p.m.

The free legal advice is for women and men who may be victims of domestic violence or who know someone in an abusive home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about one in four women and nearly one in seven men will be the victim of some kind of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

Victims advocates in Pennsylvania say numbers were down at the beginning of the pandemic before rising when the stay-at-home order was lifted.

The LegalLine number is 215-238-6333.

Lawyers will also be able to provide free legal advice on family law, landlord-tenant issues, workers’ compensation, employment law and more.

The Philadelphia Bar urges victims to make sure they are in a safe place before making the call.