Philadelphia Bar Association dedicates legal help line for domestic abuse survivors

The Philadelphia Bar Association is dedicating Oct. 16 to offering free legal advice to those who may need it.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are reminding survivors that they're available to help during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Thousands of abuse survivors in Philadelphia file petitions against their abusers each year. 

"There are a lot of legal issues that can come up in these type of situations such as spousal support issues and child custody issues, things like that where you really need an attorney to help you," said the association's Michaella Bowser.

Bowser says that's why they're dedicating Oct. 16 to offering free legal advice to those who may need it.

"We'll have volunteer lawyers there to answer the phones, and we're also gonna have volunteers from Women Against Abuse who will be able to help out on those specific domestic violence questions," she said. 

Anyone can call their legal line between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 215-238-6333. 

She says people can be reluctant to talking to someone about these issues, but they offer several free services at little or no cost, and it's not just this month — the legal help line is open for questions every third Wednesday of the month. 

The association can also help people who need a lawyer in "family law, landlord tenants situation, employment law and much more," Bowser added, and they can call the Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer referral service on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.