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Legal & Financial Help

Capital University Family Advocacy Clinic

Offers support and free/reduced legal services to qualifying victims of domestic violence. They help individuals seeking protection orders, divorces or custody in situations involving domestic violence.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6779
www.law.capital.edu

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers

Allows people to report anonymous crime tips in English, Somali, Spanish and French by going online or calling their toll-free number.
PO Box 16038, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(877) 645-8477 or (614) 461-8477
http://stopcrime.org

City of Columbus Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit

Provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall help for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Specialized prosecutors handle cases for victims that are high risk, including children.
375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6232
www.columbuscityattorney.org

Columbus Division of Police

Individuals can submit a report immediately through the online reporting system and print a copy of the police report for free. Other prevention and alert information is also available.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-4760 or (614) 645-4545
www.columbuspolice.org

Columbus Division of Police

Individuals can file reports and complaints about child abuse and other issues. Other prevention and alert information is also available.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-4760 or (614) 645-4545
www.columbuspolice.org

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Housing Services Department

Investigates all illegal housing discrimination complaints, provides counseling and supportive services, helps resolve landlord-tenant problems and provides referrals to other services. Offers assistance finding an affordable home or rental and provides help with landlord-tenant issues. They provide housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services, distribute lists of affordable rentals, and conduct classes on renting and buying homes.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 300
www.cul.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio

Offers an alternative to the court system by providing an impartial mediator who helps work out conflicts. They provide problem-solving services for domestic and family issues, divorce, neighborhood conflicts, tenant-landlord disputes, workplace issues and consumer rights disputes. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-7191
www.communitymediation.com

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:

  • Free employment counseling, skills training and job placement help
  • Services for new refugees for the first 3 months of their arrival in the U.S
  • ESOL (English) classes and translation services
  • Immigration legal programs, including help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos and work authorization
  • Counseling and support to limited English proficient (LEP) people who are victims of crimes or trafficking
  • Health and wellness programs

New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747
www.crisohio.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County

Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7450
www.casacolumbus.org

Do More Foundation

Offers financial assistance for families who need financial help due to a medically needy child. Includes help with utility/rent bills, meal expenses while at the hospital, gas expenses for travel to and from hospital or doctor visits, non-covered medical expenses, non-covered supplies that would aid the child in their treatment and funeral expenses related to the death of a child. Complete an online application to apply for assistance.
PO Box 1981, Pompano Beach, FL 33061
(954) 972-8223
www.thedomorefoundation.org

Fairfield County Pro Bono Clinic

Gives free legal advice to individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Services are provided on a first-come / first-served basis on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Lancaster.
131 North High Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 687-0500
www.fairfieldcountybar.org/legal_clinic.asp

First Church of God Legal Clinic

Offers a free legal clinic on the first Tuesday evening of each month, on a walk-in basis. An attorney is present to offer legal advice and assistance to people.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 338-8338
www.1stchurch.net

Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency

Enforces child support orders so payments can be made, and gives advice to parents. They can also help with establishing paternity and health insurance coverage for children.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275
www.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Children’s Services (FCCS)

Individuals can report child abuse or neglect in Franklin County through their 24-hour child abuse hotline or visit the office in person. Emergency placement can be provided for at-risk children and teens. When appropriate, temporary placement with relatives, foster homes, or treatment centers are coupled with services to support family reunification and reduce the level of risk to the child.
4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 229-7000 Abuse Hotline
http://childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations

The Mediation Services Office provides a neutral professional (the mediator) who helps the parents solve a visitation disagreement so they can avoid going to court and having a judge make that decision for them. The mediator will also ask the parents to discuss the needs of their children in order to do what is best for the children involved. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-6147
www.franklincounty.gov

Franklin County Division of Domestic Relations

Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. A request for a Civil Protection Order may be filed with the court to direct an abuser to stay away from a victim, require counseling, award temporary custody of minors or determine possession of a residence.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-4411 or (614) 525-4412
www.drj.fccourts.org

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Provides information to victims and witnesses about the procedures of the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3555
www.co.franklin.oh.us

HandsOn Central Ohio

This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also answer all homelessness calls and makes referrals to area shelters for families or single persons through the homeless hotline (888) 474-3587.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766
www.handsoncentralohio.org

Interfaith Legal Clinics

Local attorneys answer legal questions free of charge.  Click below for locations and times.
www.franklincountyohio.gov

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Call toll-free for help with housing problems, domestic violence, child custody, divorce and many other legal issues. They provide services to people with a low income and can set up home visits for the sick or disabled. They now offer free legal reviews to all homeowners who have questions regarding their mortgages or those who may have fallen behind. They provide services in Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union Counties. Apply for services online as well by clicking the online application link.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 224-8374
www.columbuslegalaid.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Call toll-free for help with domestic violence, child custody, divorce and many other legal issues. They provide services to people with a low income and can set up home visits for the sick or disabled. They provide services in Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union Counties. Apply for services online as well by clicking the online application link.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(888) 246-4420 or (888) 301-2411
www.columbuslegalaid.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus Child & Youth Law Program

Helps children (from families with a low income) with health, education, mental health and school discipline needs. They can help with Medicaid denials, IEP meetings with school officials, school disciplinary meetings, termination of disability benefits and children in foster care. They may also be able to help in situations of home safety issues, bullying, evictions, family safety and other issues.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 246-4420
columbuslegalaid.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Provides legal advice and representation to low-income taxpayers involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.  Call the intake department who can determine your eligibility.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 224-8374
www.columbuslegalaid.org

Legal Help for People with Special Needs

Do you need legal help for your child or family member with special needs? Do you need help with your child’s school? Find these resources and more in the special needs section of CAP4Kids.

Mental Health America of Franklin County Ombudsman Program

Helps individuals and families resolve problems related to mental health and alcohol / drug services. They can assist with many problems, including access to treatment or denial of services, medication access, medical benefits, guardianship and incarceration. Services are free and confidential.
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 221-1441
www.mhafc.org

My Free Taxes

Prepare your taxes using this free online tool which guides the user step by step to prepare and submit their income taxes. Individuals or families are eligible to use My Free Taxes if they have a yearly household income under $58,000.  You may also contact HandsOn Central Ohio at the phone number below for additional information about this program, as well as other tax preparation assistance programs in central Ohio.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 221-6766 or 2-1-1
www.myfreetaxes.com/taxtime

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

Distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials to children in grades K to 12 living in zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211. Services also include: food pantry, free clothing to children and adults, monthly free fresh produce markets, free tax preparation with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); Holiday Food programs, Christmas Gift Adoptions program, and Ohio Benefit Bank services.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 297-0592
www.neighborhoodservicesinc.org

Office for Victims of Crime

Provides an online directory of crime victim services, victims’ rights information, resources for international victims and toll-free telephone numbers.
810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531
(202) 307-5983
www.crimevictims.gov

Ohio Attorney General Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Provides financial help to innocent victims of violent crimes (including domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide). Payments can cover medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The application can be submitted online.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-0515 or (614) 466-4986
www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

A one-stop place where Ohioans with a low to moderate income can check eligibility for benefits such as child care help, home energy assistance, free tax preparation services and children’s health care insurance. Click on QuickCheck to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 648-1176
www.ohiobenefits.org

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (formerly The Justice League of Ohio)

Free legal representation to state and federal victims of crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process. They also offer Free Victims’ Rights Training to hospitals, victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and the community to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws.
P.O. Box 369, Powell, OH, 43065
(614) 848-8500
ocvjc.org
victimsrightstoolkit.com

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction Office of Victim Services

Offers several services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention and advocacy, information and referrals, notification regarding inmates and online resources for victims. Call the toll-free number for more information.
770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(888) VICTIM4 or (888) 842-8464
www.drc.ohio.gov/victims

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:

  • Homework help and educational after school programs
  • Summer camps for Latino / Hispanic children
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • English (ESOL) and citizenship classes for adults
  • Support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 840-9934
www.ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Family Violence Prevention Center

Although they do not provide direct services to victims, they offer a lot of information about local and state programs for victims of sexual assault, hate crimes, homicide, domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual abuse. They have brochures on teen dating violence in multiple languages and a list of domestic violence shelters.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43218
(888) 448-4842 or (614) 466-7782
www.ocjs.ohio.gov

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

As a non-profit law firm, they oversee several offices that provide representation to low-income Ohioans in 36 Ohio counties. They provide free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. Their website below also has a lot of information about local rules and regulations regarding adoptions and foster care, legal rights of teenage mothers and homeless youth, employment laws, protection orders, housing / public benefits, and school rights.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) 529-6446
ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
www.son-ministries.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

    • Free adult English (ESOL) classes and after school programs for Somali youth
    • Legal services, including help with immigration problems, landlord-tenant disputes and workplace issues
    • Help with school concerns and personal needs
    • Translation services and job help
    • Housing assistance
    • Family counseling and support to Somali women who are victims of domestic violence
    • Shelter referrals

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
www.somaliohio.org/services/index.htm

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

Gives free legal help to low-income people at 9 offices throughout 30 counties in southeastern Ohio. They handle public benefits, housing, unemployment compensation, family issues, education, employment, health and other matters.
15 West Locust Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
(888) 831-9412
http://seols.org

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Serves low-income taxpayers in 30 counties throughout southeastern Ohio who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
15 West Locust Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
(888) 831-9412
http://seols.org

Vineyard Free Legal Clinic

Provides legal help to low-income individuals in matters of immigration, civil protection orders, landlord-tenant disputes (excluding evictions), and minor criminal matters. They do not handle divorce or custody issues. Call for clinic hours.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 890-0000
http://vineyardcolumbus.org

Volunteer Income & Tax Assistance Site (VITA)

VITA sites offer free tax help to taxpayers. The program assists low to moderate-income families, people with disabilities and non-English speaking individuals with preparing their tax returns throughout Ohio. They help people claim all the credits and refunds they qualify for. Franklin County residents can call Hands On Central Ohio at 2-1-1 to find a free tax help. A listing of VITA sites can also be found online.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 906-9887
www.irs.gov