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The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Legal Services Department assists more than 5,000 people each year by providing counsel and advice in most areas of law, self-help support, referrals, hate crime victim services, domestic violence legal advocacy, and violence prevention education.
The Legal Services Department is home to four main programs: our Legal Clinic, Pro-per (self-help) Clinic, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, and the Anti-Violence Project. The Legal Clinic provides one-on-one attorney consultations on a no- or low-cost basis to clients in need of counsel and advice regarding a wide-range of legal issues. The Pro Per Project provides no- and low-cost assistance to clients who need to file papers related to name changes, temporary restraining orders, simple wills, and powers of attorneys. The Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project provides LGBT domestic violence victims with assistance and advocacy in preparing and filing domestic violence restraining orders, court accompaniment, assistance with law enforcement and the judicial system, and conducts outreach education/trainings regarding LGBT domestic violence. The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is the largest victim services program in Southern California. AVP provides crisis counseling, hate crime and hate incident documentation, and advocacy to victims of homophobic, anti-transgender, and anti-HIV/AIDS violence, threats of violence, vandalism and harassment.
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