Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Domestic Violence and Family Law

Since its founding, Advancing Justice - LA has served immigrant survivors of domestic violence, particularly those who are low-income and limited English speaking. Immigrant women and their children are vulnerable to abuse because of language issues, lack of financial resources, fear of authority and law enforcement, and unfamiliarity with the American legal system.

As one of the only providers of linguistically and culturally sensitive legal services for Southern California’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities, Advancing Justice - LA has aided thousands of immigrants over the years.

Advancing Justice - LA’s bilingual staff focuses on providing legal assistance to domestic violence survivors with family law and immigration services.  Family law matters include assistance with obtaining restraining orders, child custody and support orders, and divorce and paternity judgments. Advancing Justice - LA also helps survivors gain legal status without relying on their abuser through laws like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the U-Visa, designed to help victims of crime. 

In addition to domestic violence survivors, Advancing Justice - LA also helps immigrants who are victims of labor or sex trafficking obtain legal status through the T-Visa.


More information:

Divorce in California

Domestic Violence

Restraining Orders

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions: Immigration Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Related Materials

Your Family Law Options: A Guide to Divorce and Other Family Law Options for Women (Vietnamese language version)

Your Family Law Options: A Guide to Divorce and Other Family Law Options for Women (Spanish language version)

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.