Ohio’s legal aids change lives by providing a legal voice and access to justice for Ohio’s most vulnerable. Among other impactful work, legal aid ensures children get the supports they need to achieve success in school; victims of domestic violence obtain safety and security; seniors access critical medical care; and veterans receive the benefits they have earned from their service.

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VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACHIEVED JUSTICE AS A RESULT OF LEGAL AID’S HELP.

Karen’s Story

Karen* was in a long-term abusive marriage. Her husband had been criminally charged for assaulting her and two of their four children. She desperately wanted to leave her husband and file for divorce, but she was unable to afford an attorney and afraid to face the domestic court on her own. Then, Karen contacted legal aid. Legal aid helped Karen secure a Civil Protection Order, obtain a divorce, and transition her four children out of the abusive relationship. Legal aid also ensured that Karen and her children were able to remain in the family home. Thanks to legal aid, Karen and her children live safely and securely, free from the fear and abuse they once faced.

*Name and photo have been changed to protect client privacy.

Legal Aid Helped David Improve His Life

David* is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has suffered from severe PTSD since a traumatic attack during his deployment. As a result, David was awarded limited VA benefits. When his PTSD grew so severe that it prevented him from maintaining stable employment, David contacted legal aid. Legal aid helped David increase his monthly benefits. David can now focus on employment counseling and other services provided by the VA. Legal aid helped David turn the corner from financial instability to stability.

*Name and photo have been changed to protect client privacy.

IN 2017

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VETERANS ACHIEVED STABILITY AS A RESULT OF LEGAL AID’S HELP.