Domestic violence help
in your region
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.
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:
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:
Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:
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:
Kimberley and Pilbara Lawyers can provide assistance for a range of matters relating to family law and de facto relationships, including:
HFM Legal can assist with:
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.
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:
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 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:
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: