There are calls for an end to legal aid fees for victims of domestic violence.
The Free Legal Advice Centres, FLAC, say it is preventing many in desperate situations from seeking help.
Just over 25,000 people got free information and advice last year.
Family law, housing and employment were the main queries from 12,229 callers to FLAC's telephone helpline.
Yvonne Woods is communications manager with FLAC.
"FLAC is concerned that people who are experiencing domestic violence and qualify for legal aid fees, that they can apply for a waiver.
"However we're feeling that this should be automatically waived for victims of domestic violence who are seeking legal protections that are really essential for them".
FLAC chairperson Peter Ward added: "It was very positive to see the introduction in 2016, after much campaigning by FLAC and others, of the Abhaile scheme of legal aid for people in mortgage arrears in danger of repossession."
Remember. Before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like its escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999. The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in Dublin (change to suit region) visit www.whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.