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There are many services available to help with legal protection or advice in domestic and family violence situations. Some specifically provide services for LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal people, seniors, children and young people.
The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) helps people with family law issues or if you are affected by family violence. FASS lawyers can help with problems like:
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone and online webchat service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW. LawAccess is a starting point to help with your legal problem and can help with applying for legal aid.
Helps people with their legal problems, with some of their services only available for people with low incomes. Their legal services include:
Legal advice, assistance, referral and representation for women with a focus on family law, domestic violence and sexual assault.
WDVCASs provide women and their children with information, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. They provide referrals to services including housing, counselling, financial assistance or health services. A number of WDVCASs work with solicitors from the Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit or Domestic Violence Duty Scheme, who can provide legal advice on matters including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), family law, immigration and other issues.
The DVDS is a state wide specialist service funded by Legal Aid NSW. The DVDS pays private lawyers to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence in court proceedings. The lawyers work closely with local Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS).
An Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that provides culturally safe legal services to Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. The ALS gives legal advice and representation for Aboriginal men, women and children, assist with police, courts, family separation, children and child removal matters. Advice is free.
Aboriginal Legal Service has offices in Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Canberra, Dubbo, Grafton, Griffith, Kempsey, Lismore, Moree, Moruya, Nowra, Newcastle, Parramatta, Redfern, Surry Hills, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Walgett and Wollongong. Search for the contact details of the nearest ALS office.
The National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) program provides culturally sensitive help to Aboriginal people who are victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault. The FVPLS provides legal assistance, court support, casework, counselling and education programs.
Moree - Thiyama-Li Family Violence Service Inc (Head Office)
Phone: (02) 6752 1188
Address: 6/96 Balo Street, Moree NSW 2400
Bourke - Thiyama-Li Family Violence Service Inc.
Phone: (02) 6872 2440
Address: 59A Mertin Street, Bourke NSW 2840
Walgett - Thiyama-Li Family Violence Service Inc.
Phone: (02) 6828 3143
Address: 48 Wee Waa Street, Walgett NSW 2832
Forbes - Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
Phone: (02) 6850 1234
Free call: 1800 700 218
Address: 18 Spring Street Forbes NSW 2871
Kempsey - Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
Phone: (02) 6562 5856
Address: 39 Elbow Street, West Kempsey NSW 2440
A confidential enquiry line for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander victims of violent crime, such as family violence or sexual assault.
Wirringa Baiya is a state-wide community legal centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women children and youth. Wirringa Baiya focuses on issues relating to violence. It offers free and confidential service.
Free confidential legal information, advice and referrals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in NSW with a focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, parenting issues, family law, discrimination and victim’s support.
The Children's Legal Service (CLS) of Legal Aid NSW advises and represents children and young people under 18 involved in criminal cases and Apprehended Violence Order applications in the Children's Courts. They aim to ensure that children and young people have access to professional, face-to-face or telephone based legal advice at any stage of their legal proceedings.
Children's Legal Service
Children's Legal Service duty lawyers are available at the following courts:
Surry Hills Children's Court
Phone: (02) 9219 5120
Address: 66-78 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Broadmeadow Children's Court
Phone: (02) 4929 5482
Address: 19-23 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow
Campbelltown Children's Court
Phone: (02) 4628 2922
Address: corner of Railway and Queen Streets
Parramatta Children's Court
Phone: 02 9066 6000
Address: 2 George Street, Parramatta
Illawarra Children's Court (Port Kembla)
Phone: (02) 4228 8299
Address: Darcy Road, Port Kembla
Sutherland Children's Court
Phone: (02) 4228 8299
Address: corner Flora and Belmont Streets
Woy Woy Court House
Phone: 02 9066 6000
Address: 78-80 Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy
Wyong Children's Court
Phone: (02) 4929 5482
Address: corner Hely Street and Anzac Avenue, Wyong
Girls Gotta Know is a website for young women providing legal information. It was created by the Women's Legal Service Tasmania, including some NSW information provided by Women's Legal Service NSW. Topics covered include:
Youth Law Australia provides legal information for children and young people.
The hotline provides legal advice and information to young people under 18. It's open Monday to Friday, 9am until midnight, and open 24 hours from Friday 9am until Sunday midnight.
Find your local court in NSW.
Provides free advice and representation about immigration, domestic violence, family visas, refugee and humanitarian visas, citizenship and visa cancellations. Legal advice by appointment.
A non-profit community based legal centre providing free legal services, information, referrals and telephone advice for the LGBTQIA+ community. Initial legal advice is given by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Provides free legal advice, aged care advocacy and support for seniors.
Provide support services, including free counselling and financial assistance to victims of crime, including sexual assault.
21 Dec 2022