Domestic Violence

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If you are using your home computer, it is possible that it may be tracked by someone living in your house. You may want to consider using an internet café or public access computer, or call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800–500–1119 which is available 24 hours and 7 days a week. The Hotline provides support not only for victims of domestic violence, but also for friends and families of the victims of domestic violence.  Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and Creole.

What CLSMF does to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

CLSMF provides its clients with essential services by collaborating with community-based organizations and its legal support staff that are dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and individuals who live in fear of future domestic violence in the household. Far too many low-income domestic violence victims are forced to deal with their complex legal problems with little or no assistance. It is the goal of CLSMF attorney’s to help these individuals with expert legal advice and emotional support.

Eligible victims of domestic violence can get free legal advice and representation with the following:

  • Orders of protection
  • Custody/visitation
  • Child/spousal support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence related housing, and public benefits issues

You are not alone. Get help now. Call our Helpline.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a serious national problem. Between two million and four million women are victimized by their intimate partners. Domestic violence is a behavior that results in physical injury, but it can take many different forms including physical, sexual, psychological or even economic coercion. Physical and psychological harm may be caused to the victims of the abuse and their children. Abuse may take the form of verbal abuse and its victims may be denied access to money, restrained from certain activities and isolated from their friends and family.

Know when you are getting abused

  • If you are kicked, slapped, punched, pushed or harmed physically in any way
  • If you are forced to have sex against your will
  • If you are being threatened
  • If objects are being thrown at you
  • If you are being verbally abused and criticized
  • If you are forcibly isolated from friends and family

If this is happening to you, or someone you know, get the legal help you need.

Call the CLSMF Helpline or the 24-hour Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 now.

Additional Resources:

The National Network to End Domestic Violence has an Economic Justice Curriculum to aid survivors of domestic violence move ahead financially.  

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact the Department of Legal Affairs, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531, or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or who have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).