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Below is a list of legal support services, including community legal centres, low cost or free legal advice and support, victim support services and private law firms specialising in family and domestic violence and/or family law. If you cannot find local legal  support services for your area, there is a list of state and national legal support services at the bottom of this page.

Pilbara Community Legal Service – Domestic Violence Outreach Program

The Domestic Violence Outreach Program is an early intervention and prevention strategy aimed at breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence. The program aims to engage and provide support to victims and perpetrators. The goals of the program is to enhance the safety of victims and children, to hold perpetrators accountable by working with the perpetrator services in order to maximise safety for women and children and to work towards changes in violent behaviour.

Domestic Violence workers assist with:

  • Risk assessment
  • Safety planning
  • Welfare/safety/security checks
  • Linking clients to a wide range of services that address their expressed needs

 

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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Legal Advice

The legal service provides free and confidential support in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Injuries Compensation and Wills and Deceased Estates.

The service is free and is specific in the areas of:

Family law

  • Property Settlement- Solicitors offer limited assistance in relation to property settlement. They can provide; general information regarding the process of initiating and finalising financial relations with your partner, general assistance with filling in court forms and making appropriate referrals to other services
  • Parenting- Solicitors provide advice only and appropriate referrals in areas such as: where the children will live, how much time spent with the other parent, parenting plans and orders, location and recovery orders and breach of court orders.
  • Divorce- Solicitors provide advice and assistance with the process and drafting of court documents.
  • Care and Protection- Solicitors provide advice and court representation for care and protection matters. They do not provide representation in appeal matters.
  • Family and Domestic Violence- Solicitors provide advice in relation to restraining orders, negotiating resolutions prior to the matter proceeding trial, court representation (where appropriate).

Criminal Injuries compensation

Victims of family violence and victims of any other crime who have suffered bodily harm, or psychological injury as a result of the crime may be eligible to claim Criminal Injuries Compensation.

 

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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Tenant Advice and Education Service

The Tenant Advice and Education Service is delivered throughout the West and East Pilbara. The service advocates, supports and educates tenants seeking assistance to understand their rights and responsibilities in accordance with the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).

The Tenant Advice and Education Service helps tenants within the Pilbara to have a better understanding about renting in the private and non-private sector. The aim of the service is to; help resolve issues when the tenant is unsure what they can do, assist tenants to negotiate with lessors, assist tenants to fill out forms, apply to the court and/or represent tenants in court.

 

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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Redress Support

The National Redress Scheme (NRS) has been set up to help people who suffered sexual abuse in Australian institutions, for example, Churches, Salvation Army, Scouts, YMCA, Commonwealth and State gain access to counselling, a direct personal response and a Redress payment. This free and confidential service services to the whole of the Pilbara. The support workers can assist people before, during and after they apply for redress. The Redress Support workers can:

  • be someone to talk to
  • give you information about the scheme and answer your questions
  • help you fill out an application
  • help you understand your redress outcome
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State and National Legal Services

Aborginal Family Law Service

Legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced domestic and family violence. They not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.

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Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA offers free or low-cost legal services to the community. Legal Aid WA services include infoline and infochat.

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Women’s Legal Service WA

The Women’s Legal Service WA is a free community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage. They can assist women with:

  • Family law (parenting related matters, divorce and some property settlement matters through their Legal Clinic)
  • Family violence (identifying and responding to family violence and restraining order matters)
  • Protection and care (matters involving the Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support Division)
  • Criminal injuries compensation (where it relates to family violence, assault or sexual assault).
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Online Restraining Order Application

The online restraining order application service has been introduced to make it possible for people seeking the protection of a restraining order to lodge their application without having to attend a court registry. You can visit or phone a registered organisation and they will be able to help you lodge the application.

If an urgent order is required and it is not possible to make an application to the court (for example, it is outside of business hours or you are in a remote location), WA police can issue 72 hour police orders. Please contact WA Police on 131 444 or 000 for emergencies.

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Youth Legal Service

Youth Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing free legal services to children and young people across Western Australia.

Children and young people can access our legal advice line during office hours, for the cost of a local telephone call or call our free 1800 number.

They can offer advice in:

  • Legal rights and responsibilities and accessing personal belongings and papers.
  • Legal advice on all criminal matters and traffic offences for children and young people under 25 years of age, for offences within Western Australia.
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Family Violence Law Help

FASS provide support and legal help if you are affected by domestic and family violence and have a family law issue.

They can help you if you have experienced domestic and family violence or someone says you have used violence. The Family Advocacy and Support Service lawyers can assist by:

  • Arrangements for children
  • Domestic Violence Orders (known as Family Violence Restraining Orders or FVROs)
  • Property after separation
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Child protection
  • Applying for legal aid
  • Some urgent court matters The Family Advocacy and Support Service support worker can assist by: Help you plan for your safety
  • Talk to the Family Courts about your safety at court
  • Give you information and support during your family law case
  • Help with practical problems like Centrelink and housing
  • Advocate for you with services like police
  • Connect you with men’s behaviour change programs or other services
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