Domestic violence: Legal help contacts list

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.

General legal services

Family Advocacy and Support Service

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:

  • sorting out arrangements for children;
  • getting an ADVO;
  • getting a divorce;
  • getting child support;
  • getting victim support;
  • helping you deal with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ); 
  • giving you legal advice, including help with court documents, appear for you in court in some cases or help find a lawyer for you.

If you are transgender or gender diverse, you can request which support worker you would prefer to work with.

Family Advocacy and Support Service
Lawyers are available Monday to Friday.
Lawyers: 1800 979 529
Support worker for women: 1800 11 3277 
Support worker for men: 1300 00 3277


Law Access NSW

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.

Law Access NSW
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Phone: 1300 888 529 
TTY: 1300 889 529
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 and ask for LawAccess NSW


Legal Aid NSW

Helps people with their legal problems and is only available for people with low incomes. Their legal services include:

  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • Domestic Violence Duty Scheme
  • legal advice
  • help at court
  • family dispute resolution

Women's Legal Service NSW

Legal advice, assistance, referral and representation for women with a focus on family law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Women’s Legal Services NSW

Women's Legal Advice Line
Mondays: 9:30am - 12:30pm 
Tuesday 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm 
Phone: (02) 8745 6988
Free call: 1800 801 501

Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line
Monday 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm 
Thursday 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Fridays 9:30am – 4:30pm
Phone: (02) 8745 6999
Free call: 1800 810 784


Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCAS)

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), financial advice, family law, immigration and other issues. 

Domestic Violence Duty Scheme (DVDS)

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).

Domestic Violence Duty Scheme
Contact the Domestic Violence Duty Scheme through the WDVCAS
Phone: 1800 WDVCAS or 1800 938 227


Aboriginal communities

Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT

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.

Aboriginal Legal Service
Free call: 1800 765 767 for police charges and court matters
Free call: 1800 733 233 for care and protection and family matters

For general enquiries: (02) 9213 4100


National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services

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

Broken Hill - Warra-Warra Legal Service
Free call: 1800 812 800
Email: reception@bhafvpls.org.au
Address: 184-186 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Forbes - Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
Phone: (02) 6850 1234
Free call: 1800 700 218
Email: enquiries@binaalbilla.com.au
Address: 18 Spring Street Forbes NSW 2871

Kempsey - Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
Phone: (02) 6562 5856
Email: fvpls@gurehlgam.com.au
Address: 39 Elbow Street, West Kempsey NSW 2440


Victims Services

A confidential enquiry line for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander victims of violent crime, such as family violence or sexual assault.

Victims Services Aboriginal Contact Line
Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm (except public holidays)
Free call: 1800 019 123


Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre

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.

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
Free call: 1800 686 587
Email: wirringa_baiya@clc.net.au
Address: Building 13, 142 Addison Road, Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville NSW 2204


Women's Legal Service NSW: First Nations Women’s Legal Program

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.

First Nations Women's Legal Contact Line
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am - 12:30pm
Phone: (02) 8745 6977
Free call: 1800 639 784


Children and young people

Children's Legal Service

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

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:

  • domestic and family violence,
  • relationships,
  • de facto,
  • marriage,
  • sexual assault,
  • children separation and property.


Youth Law Australia

Youth Law Australia provides legal information for children and young people.


Legal Aid Youth Hotline

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.

Courts

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website provides information about family violence, family law, migration law and other federal law.

Online Live Chat is available from 8.45am Monday-Friday.

National Enquiry Centre phone line
Monday to Friday, 8:30pm - 5pm
Phone: 1300 352 000
Email: enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au


Local court

Find your local court in NSW.


Immigrant and refugee communities

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre

Provides free advice and representation about immigration, domestic violence, family visas, refugee and humanitarian visas, citizenship and visa cancellations. Legal advice by appointment.

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
Phone: (02) 8234 0700
Translating and interpreting service (TIS): 131 450
Address: Suite 3, Level 8, 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000


LGBTIQ

Inner City Legal Centre

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.

Inner City Legal Centre
Phone: (02) 9332 1966
SMS: 0466 724 979
Toll free: 1800 244 481
Address: Basement, Kings Cross Library, Neighbourhood Centre, 50-52 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011


Seniors

Seniors Rights Service

Provides free legal advice, aged care advocacy and support for seniors.

Seniors Rights Service
Phone: (02) 9281 3600
Free call: 1800 424 079
Email:  info@seniorsrightsservice.org.au
Address: Suite 201, 418a Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Victims services

Provide support services, including free counselling and financial assistance to victims of crime, including sexual assault.

Victims Services Access Line
Phone: 1800 633 063

Aboriginal Contact Line
A confidential enquiry line for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander victims of violent crime, such as family violence or sexual assault.
Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm
Phone: 1800 019 123

Last updated:

01 Sep 2022

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