Originally Posted by Steve
I've been everywhere. I can't get a lawyer. I've been trying to get a lawyer for years. I've been to the Community Legal Clinics, ARCH legal services (they focus on helping people with disabilities), ProBono Lawyers of Ontario, the Barb Schlifer Clinic, and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. Not one of these places will take my case on. They say my situation is outside of their mandate.
Here are the mandates:
Community Legal Clinics: Am I eligible for a legal aid certificate? | Legal Aid Ontario
These services include free legal information and advice, support from courthouse lawyers who are there to explain what you need to do and help you when you have to appear, help for criminal or family matters and help if you are entering or remaining in Canada as an immigrant or refugee.
Family law is about relationships and rights within families. It includes divorce and separation, child custody and access, and support payment matters.
I'm no longer living with my family so, according to the Community Legal Clinics, I don't qualify for legal support.
ARCH legal services: Services for Individuals | ARCH
ARCH provides legal representation to people with disabilities whose cases meet the priorities set by ARCH’s Board of Directors and who meet Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility guidelines. For more information about ARCH’s current priority areas, please contact us or see the toolbar to the left.
The Priority Areas are as follows:
- Attendant Services
- Education Law
- Legal Capacity
- Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Barbara Schlifer Clinic: http://schliferclinic.com/how-we-can...egal-services/
We deal with
- spousal assault (domestic violence)
- adult sexual assault
- childhood sexual abuse
- violence against you as a woman in your home country
We help you
- address your safety needs
- identify your legal issues
- make informed decisions about legal action
- find the right legal help
- provide you with information about your legal rights, legal protections available to you and your legal options in and out of court
- advocate on your behalf in such areas as human rights and criminal injuries compensation
- advocate for you within the legal mechanisms that deal with violence by doctors, therapists and other professionals
Pro Bono Lawyers of Ontario: http://www.lawpro.ca/insurance/pdf/L...noProjects.pdf
I've called every one of these agencies and I've told them my story. Their answer is, they have to take on cases that fit within their mandate. The odd time I've come close to fitting within a set of criteria, and then the lawyer will come back to me and tell me they will only take on the cases they know they can win.
I can't stand any more rejection, so to stay sane, I focus on the good things - volunteering, choir, swimming, advocacy, and that kind of thing.
This province is so wrong - and, by letting people slip through silos like I am, potentially deadly.
Thank God I am strong.
If anyone can offer a name, please do so. It's shocking how often I've been denied the right to protect myself.
Oh yeah, I've also been told that if I had stayed within the mental health system, I would get the legal help I require. I fled the system because, in the end, it got very abusive.
I've tried to go back. Lots of referrals have been made to treat the PTSD... but alas, I'm too resilient.
Maybe there is no answer, but if nothing else, these links will show others that there may be a need to lobby for something better. Anyone who is in a position to do so, please do it. The world needs to be made aware.
Thanks for listening.