De Novo: Center for Justice and Healing

Filed Under: Disability, Domestic Violence, Families, Legal, Physical and Mental Health
47 Thorndike Street
Suite SB-LL-1
Cambridge, ma 02141
Phone: 617-661-1010
Fax: 617-661-1011
Who to Contact
Intake staff

De Novo: Center for Justice and Healing provides free civil legal assistance to low-income clients on:

  • Family law (including domestic violence cases involving divorce, separation or visitation, child support for custodial parents)
  • Housing and homelessness prevention (limited to Cambridge city residents)
  • Disability benefits
  • Immigration and refugee rights (including psychological assessments of immigrant trauma victims who seek legal status in the U.S.).

De Novo also offers a Counseling Program to low-income people who have difficulty gaining access to affordable mental health services. The Center serves individuals and couples who seek help for crises, stress and other problems that affect their ability to function. Counseling focuses on improved coping. Clients work on overcoming the effects of violence, torture, sexual abuse, incest, social isolation, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

Approximately 40% of the work at De Novo is done by volunteers. The telephone cannot always be covered by staff. Leave a message and telephone number on the answering machine. Intake staff or staff psychologist will call back.

Service hours

M - F: 9am - 5pm

Requirements & Restrictions

There are income restrictions and, in certain instances, some residency restrictions. Please call to see if you qualify.

None for legal services. There is a sliding fee scale for counseling.

English, Spanish, French, Farsi


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated March 20, 2020