Lakeshore Legal Aid

Sections on this page:

Domestic Violence
Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:

Lakeshore Legal Aid
30500 Van Dyke Avenue,
Suite 601
Warren, MI 48093

Clients: (888) 783-8190
Office: (586) 510-1814

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Lakeshore Legal Aid works in partnership with domestic and sexual violence service providers to provide culturally competent, linguistically accessible legal assistance to survivors. This representation will provide a catalyst to hold the perpetrator accountable while at the same time giving the survivor a full range of legal remedies to ensure her long-term safety; e.g., personal protection orders, safe custody and parenting time orders, immigration assistance and public benefits advocacy.

Lakeshore Legal Aid provides direct representation and advocacy in Huron, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Tuscola, and Wayne Counties. Lakeshore utilizes a holistic service model in which all of the civil legal needs of the survivor will be addressed in order to craft a legal remedy specific to the unique needs of the survivor.

Lakeshore embraces the "Duluth Model" of Coordinated Community Response and recognizes that systemic gaps jeopardize victim safety and empowerment. While the "Duluth Model" emphasizes criminal intervention, Lakeshore will seek to make civil legal assistance an integral part of each county's coordinating body. (For further information on the "Duluth Model" of Coordinated Community Response please see Coordinated Community Response.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are our project partners?

Blue Water Safe Horizons
Blue Water Safe Horizons offers shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or homelessness. The services and support programs are delivered to the community in a variety of formats ranging from shelter and housing to support groups and legal assistance.

First Step
The mission of First Step is to eliminate both domestic and sexual violence and to provide comprehensive services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes.  Their vision is Peaceful Families, Safe Communities and their values are: Safety - our commitment to safety is paramount; Empowerment-Based Advocacy - with a holistic approach which is client-driven; Social Justice - demand fairness and equality for all.

To eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County. As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 20,000 people each year.

Human Development Commission/Thumb Area Assault Crisis Center
Mission is to empower individuals and communities to identify their needs and secure the resources necessary to achieve their goals of self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. (Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac Counties)

Turning Point, Inc. (Macomb County)
Turning Point's mission is to provide programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness to regain control of their lives.

What is domestic violence?

"Domestic violence" is violence that typically occurs at home between people who:

  • are currently, or have been, married,
  • are currently in, or have been in, a significant relationship,
  • currently live, or have lived, together or are related by blood.

Although the violence is often in the form of physical injury, it may also be in the form of threats, isolation, emotional mistreatment, verbal abuse, or forced sex. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors perpetrated by one person over his/her intimate partner in an effort to maintain power and control over that person.

What services does Lakeshore Legal Aid offer?

Lakeshore Legal Aid offers a range of holistic legal services to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. We may be able to help you file for a personal protection order, divorce and/or custody of your children depending upon your legal needs. We can advocate on your behalf with FIA if you are in need of public assistance. If you have immigration concerns, questions or are in need of assistance in filing an immigrant petition based on your status as a domestic violence or sexual assault survivor, Lakeshore Legal Aid is there to help. If you are in need of housing or are having problems with your landlord, please contact us. These are just examples of the ways in which we can potentially work with you in resolving your legal and safety concerns.

Please contact the Counsel and Advocacy Law Line of Lakeshore Legal Aid if you are in need of legal assistance at 1-888-783-8190. Please be sure to always provide a safe number where you can be contacted. Perpetrators often track calls made and/or received on home and cell phones. Please call us from a safe location if you have questions and/or concerns regarding your legal case. Depending upon your unique situation, we may also be able to provide in-person intake at Safe Horizons, Turning Point and the Thumb Area Assault Crisis Center.

Because Justice for Some is No Justice at All.