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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.

HFM Legal

HFM Legal can assist with:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Property settlements
  • Child and parenting issues
  • Financial agreements
  • Child support agreements
  • Relocation
  • Restraining orders
  • Consent orders
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Guardianship and Administration

Aboriginal Family Law Services – Family Violence Restraining Orders

The Aboriginal Family Law Service can assist you prepare an application for a FVRO and will apply to the Court for an interim FVRO. If the other party opposes the making of a final FVRO they will assist you at a hearing.

Aboriginal Family Law Service – Family Law

The Aboriginal Family Law Services can assist people with their family law matters when there are children involved. They will represent clients in the Family Court WA, however much of their work involves helping clients to work out parenting agreements. Here are some things they can help with:

  • Assistance in child matters
  • Negotiating parenting arrangements
  • Family Court applications
  • Recovery Orders
  • Parenting Arrangements
  • Contested & Consent Orders
  • Advice for grandparents and other family rights

Aboriginal Family Law Services – Criminal Injury Compensation

If you think you may be eligible for Criminal Injury Compensation you can contact the Aboriginal Family Law Service for initial advice. If you appear to meet the criteria of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, they can assist you to prepare your application.

In some cases a person can ask for compensation even if they were not the direct victim of the offence. They can assist by:

  • Providing eligibility advice
  • Helping with applications
  • Helping to obtain documents such as medical reports

Legal Aid – Broome

Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:

  • Legal representation by lawyers for children and young people in the Family Court and in the Children’s Court
  • Legal representation by lawyers in the Family Court, in child protection proceedings in the Children’s Court, and in defended hearings for family violence restraining orders in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Dispute resolution services within family law and child protection proceedings
  • Assistance to both carers of children and those who have to pay child support
  • Needing legal advice or representation with criminal charges
  • Who have been arrested as a suspect by police
  • Wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence

Victim Support Service

The Victim Support Service provides free, confidential counselling and support services for all victims of crime. These services are provided by professional counsellors and trained volunteers.
Services available to victims of crime include:

  • Counselling and support
  • Providing information and referrals to other support services
  • Helping victims write a victim impact statement
  • Preparing and supporting victims during a court case
  • Helping victims obtain information on the status of police investigations
  • Providing support when making an application for a restraining order
  • Providing information about criminal injuries compensation
  • Helping victims understand their rights within the criminal justice system
  • Providing information on the status of convicted offenders in WA, through the Victim Notification Register.

Kimberly and Pilbara Lawyers – Broome

Kimberley and Pilbara Lawyers can provide assistance for a range of matters relating to family law and de facto relationships, including:

  • Marriage, De Facto and Divorce Law
  • Divorce in Australia including preparing and serving divorce papers
  • Legal separation issues
  • Annulment of marriages
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Property settlements
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Legal representation at Family Court
  • Children’s issues
  • Relocation
  • Parenting orders for child custody and visitation
  • Parental rights, father’s rights and grandparent’s rights
  • Guardianship of children
  • Children’s Court

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.

Legal Aid WA

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

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).

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.

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.

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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