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Legal Aid

Legal aid for victims of domestic violence is provided by the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and Utah Legal Services.

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation in domestic violence and family law cases in Salt Lake County. Legal Aid Society's Domestic Violence Victim Assistance program provides full legal representation to victims of domestic violence to obtain a protective order against a cohabitant abuser or a civil stalking injunction against a non-cohabitant abuser. This service is provided free of charge, regardless of the applicant’s income and available on a walk-in basis at three locations: Matheson Courthouse, West Jordan Courthouse or the Family Justice Center located in the new Center for Families building at the YWCA in downtown Salt Lake City. Legal Aid Society's Domestic Relations program provides legal representation in family law cases such as divorce, custody or guardianship to low-income individuals up to 200% of federal poverty rate based on household income. Applications are done on our website and there is a sliding scale fee of $200, $400 or $600, or for individuals who have a protective order there is a lower sliding scale fee of $50, $100, or $200.

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is an integral member of the Utah Domestic Violence Council, both as a service provider for victims of domestic violence seeking legal orders of protection and for low-income individuals in family law cases, and as a source for information, training and advocacy on legal issues involving domestic violence and family law.

Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a non-profit organization that provides representation in domestic violence and family law cases outside of Salt Lake County. Utah Legal Services will provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence to obtain a protective order against a cohabitant abuser. This service is provided free of charge, regardless of income. Utah Legal Services will also provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence in a civil stalking injunction against a non-cohabitant abuser as well as other family law cases such as divorce or custody to those who qualify. 

Utah Legal Services provides legal help to those who qualify in non-criminal cases statewide for non-family law cases such as Public Assistance, Health Benefits, Benefits Enrollment, Housing, Consumer, Seniors, Migrant Farmworkers, Native Americans, and Pro Bono (includes bankruptcy, family issues, qdros, and guardianships). Utah Legal Services (ULS) uses three different criteria to determine eligibility. They are:

  1. Citizenship/Legal residency. In general, you must be a citizen or permanent legal residence, unless your case is a result of domestic violence, such as in protective order cases.

  2. Financial. You must be a low-income Utahn to qualify for our help. The financial criteria is based upon your household size, the household's gross income, and the household's assets. In most cases, income must be at or below 125% of the current federal poverty level for the household’s size.

  3. Type of case. Overall, there are over 360,000 Utahns who are financially eligible for legal help from ULS. As a result, we must limit the types of cases we can take. Therefore, you must have a type of problem that is within our current list of priority cases. You may click below for a list of the type of cases we currently handle.