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There are many different services available to help with legal protection or advice in domestic violence situations. Some are specific to domestic and family violence, others provide services for LGBTIQ, older or younger women or Aboriginal people. There are people who can help you if you want to take out an apprehended domestic violence order.
Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs) are locally-based, independent services for women and children seeking help and information about how to get protection from domestic violence from the courts. WDVCAS also work closely with the Domestic Violence Practitioner Service, which funds lawyers to assist victims of domestic violence in court proceedings.
Find the phone number of your local WDVCAS online or call Law Access NSW 1300 888 529, TTY 1300 889 529.
The Domestic Violence Practitioner Service (DVPS) funds lawyers to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence in court proceedings.
Private lawyers attend Court on AVO list days in 32 Metropolitan and Regional local courts. The DVPS currently operates in the following local courts:
Albury, Balmain, Bankstown, Belmont, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Cessnock, Downing Centre, Dubbo, Fairfield, Gosford, Hornsby, Kogarah, Liverpool, Maitland, Manly, Mt Druitt, Newcastle, Newtown, Nowra, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Kembla, Port Macquarie, Sutherland, Tamworth , Toronto, Waverley, Windsor, Wollongong, Wyong.
DVPS solicitors work closely with their local Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. Where no DVPS is available, WDVCAS staff can place you in contact with a private practitioner who can represent you, if you are eligible, with a grant of legal aid.
Legal Aid NSW helps people with their legal problems. Their legal services include legal advice, help at court and family dispute resolution. This includes domestic and family violence issues and they offer a number of specialised services. Legal aid is only available for people with low incomes.
Call Law Access NSW (free call) 1300 888 529, TTY 1300 889 529 for information about legal help and services.
Women's Legal Services NSW (WLS NSW) is a state-wide community legal centre providing women with a range of free legal services. They run a number of free legal advice lines. The phone lines aren’t open 24 hours so check the hours of operation on the WLSNSW website.
DisabilityNSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre
Contact the advice line of the Australian Centre for Disability Law. The advice line provides free legal advice for people in NSW. Check the website for hours of operation.
Phone: 02 8014 7000 Free call: 1800 800 708 (NSW only)
TTY: 02 9211 5549
National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Phone: 1800 880 052
TTY: 1800 301 130
National Relay Service: 1800 555 677
Translating and Interpreting Service: 13 14 50
Intellectual Disability Rights Service
Phone: 02 9318 0144
Free call: 1800 666 611
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc.
Advice Line: 02 9262 3833 (Open between 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm Tuesday and Thursday only)
Face-to-face advice is also available. Call (02) 9279 4300 to make an appointment.
Legal resources in languages other than English
You can find online legal information about domestic violence on the Find Legal Answers website.
Translating and Interpreting Service
Phone: 13 14 50
Inner City Legal Centre and Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Legal Service
Free legal advice by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
Phone: 02 9332 1966
SMS: 0466 724 979
Toll free: 1800 244 481
National Children’s and Youth Law Centre
Hotline: 02 9385 9588
Requests for legal advice should be made via the form on the National Children's and Youth Law Centre's website
Older Person's Legal Service (A service of The Aged Rights Service)
Phone: 02 9281 3600
Free call: 1800 424 079
Find your local court in NSW.
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