Intimate Partner / Domestic Violence - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the nation’s largest community-based provider of LGBT-related legal services, supported by a team of staff and volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and interns.

We serve the legal needs of all LGBT people with a special focus on survivors of violence, undocumented immigrants, and transgender people. We also provide workshops, trainings, and technical assistance for institutions and service providers.

All of our services are provided in English or Spanish.

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Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence

Legal Services Intimate Partner / Domestic Violence

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LGBT people are just as likely to experience intimate partner abuse or violence. If you’re being abused, let us help.

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior in which a partner or former partner tries to control thoughts, beliefs or actions, and may include physical, sexual, psychological, and/or economic abuse.

In addition to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's counseling services for survivors of domestic violence, our LGBT-domestic violence specialists, advocates and attorneys offer services for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors that include:

  • Safety planning, crisis intervention and referrals to LGBT-sensitive domestic violence shelters
  • Advocacy with law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, service providers, and others
  • Accompanying clients to court and sexual assault treatment centers
  • Preparation of restraining orders
  • Immigration assistance
  • Legal representation in certain cases
  • Assistance in applying for compensation under California’s victim of crime program

Whether or not you use the legal system or talk to the police, it may be helpful to speak with an advocate to learn about your options.

We also offer LGBT domestic violence training, education, and consultation.

Department Phone Number: 323-993-7649


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Our services are provided by LGBT-domestic violence specialists, including certified domestic violence counselors and mental health professionals, who have been trained in LGBT-domestic violence issues. Our fees are based on a sliding scale and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

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