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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 LGBTQI, Aboriginal people, seniors, children and young people.

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General legal services

Family Advocacy and Support Service

Lawyers and support workers can help you if you have experienced family violence, or someone says you have used violence. They can help you with sorting out arrangements for children, getting a ADVO,divorce, child support or victim support, helping you deal with Family and Community Services (FACS), and can give you legal advice, help with court documents, appear for you in court in some cases or help find a lawyer for you.

Family Advocacy and Support Service
Call lawyers 9219 6300
Support worker for women
1800 11 3277 
Support worker for men
1300 00 3277 

Law Access NSW

Provides free legal advice, assistance, referral and representation for women on family law, domestic violence and sexual assault. Also provides help with applying for legal aid.

Law Access NSW
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Phone: (02) 8833 3190
Free call: 1300 888 529 
TTY: 1300 889 529
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450

Legal Aid NSW

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

Legal Aid NSW
Phone: (02) 9219 6300

Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit
Phone: (02) 9219 6300 

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
Tuesday 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursdsay 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
Phone: (02) 8745 6999
Free call: 1800 810 784

Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCAS)

Services for women and children seeking help and information about protection from domestic violence through the courts. It provides court support, advocacy, referrals and information. Some WDVCAS have specialist workers to help Aboriginal women, or women from other cultures and who speak another language. It works closely with the Domestic Violence Practitioner Service (DVPS), which funds lawyers to help victims of domestic violence in court proceedings. IT offers legal advice and help on getting Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO).

Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services
Phone: 1800 WDVCAS or 1800 938 227

Domestic Violence Practitioner Service (DVPS)

The DVPS funds lawyers to help women and children experiencing domestic violence in court proceedings. The lawyers work closely with local Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS).

DVPS lawyers attend 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 and Wyong.

Domestic Violence Practitioner Service
Contact DVPS through the WDVCAS
Phone: 1800 WDVCAS or 1800 938 227

Aboriginal community

Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT

A non-government Aboriginal community law firm run by and for Aboriginal people. They give advice and stand up in court to get justice 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

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.
Phone: (02) 6751 1400
Address: 4/96 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 women and Torres Strait Islander, 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
Phone: (02) 9569 3847
Fax: (02) 9569 4210 
Email: wirringa_baiya@clc.net.au
Address: Building 13, 142 Addison Road, Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville NSW 2204

Women's Legal Service NSW

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.

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

Children and youth

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) 8688 3800
Address: 2 George Street, Parramatta

Port Kembla Children's Court
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) 8688 3800
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 an excellent site has legal information for young women created by the Women's Legal Service Tasmaina, but also has 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.

Lawstuff

Lawstuff 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.

Legal Aid Youth Hotline
Free call: 1800 10 18 10

National Children's and Youth Law Centre

Requests for legal advice should be made via the form on the National Children's and Youth Law Centre's website

National Children's and Youth Law Centre
Phone: (02) 9385 9588

Courts

Family Court of Australia

The Family Court of Australia provides information about family violence and separation and divorce. They can help you when you call, but can't give any legal advice.

Family Court of Australia
Monday to Friday, 8:30pm - 5pm
Phone: 1300 352 000
Email: enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au

Law Access NSW

You can get free legal advice before you go to court.

Law Access NSW
Phone: 1300 888 529

Local court

Find your local court in NSW

Immigrant communities

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre

Provides free advice and representation to refugees and financially disadvantaged immigrants in NSW.

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm - 4pm 
Advice Line Phone: (02) 9262 3833
Office phone: (02) 8234 0700
Translating and interpreting service (TIS): 131 450
Address: Level 5, 362 Kent 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 LGBTQI community. Initial legal advice is given by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Inner City Legal Centre
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Closed 1pm - 2pm every day 
Phone: (02) 9332 1966
SMS: 0466 724 979
Toll free: 1800 244 481
Address: Basement, Kings Cross Library, Neighborhood Centre, 50-52 Darlinhurst Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011

Seniors

The Aged-care Rights Services

A community based organisation funded by the NSW government providing advocacy and free legal information and advice for seniors.

The Aged-care Rights Services
Phone: (02) 9281 3600
Free call: 1800 424 079
Email:  tars@tars.com.au 
Address: Level 4, 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

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019
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