Domestic violence help
in your region
Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:
ALSWA is currently the largest community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal organization in Australia. It provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia in accordance with grant conditions imposed by the Commonwealth Department of the Attorney General. Services include:
Criminal Law: ALSWA criminal law staff make sure the criminal courts know about cultural matters that apply, such as communication styles and tribal punishment.
Family Law: ALSWA family law staff make sure courts that deal with family law and protection issues know about cultural matters that apply, such as communication styles, how children are raised, and the importance of children and family in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Civil Law and Human Rights: ALSWA provides legal advice in a wide range of civil law and human rights matters, including discrimination, compensation for injury, police complaints and wills. ALSWA also assists with enquires about the Stolen Generation and Stolen Wages.
Community Education: ALSWA’s Law and Advocacy Unit is funded to advise Government and mainstream organisations about law and justice issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Western Australia.
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:
The Child Witness Service is a voluntary and free service available to children under 18 years of age who are to give evidence to a court.
Trained staff can assist with:
This service provides counselling, support and intervention for families where family violence has occurred or is likely to occur. Counselling sessions can be with individuals and families including children.
The service also provides advocacy for those experiencing family violence, and provide assistance with:
Families can access the service by self-referral, other agency referral, by the Department of Child Protection and Family Support or directly from Police.
The Community Legal Centre offers free legal information and advice covering most aspects of the law. They provide a wide range of materials which you can take away to read or have explained.
They can help to prepare documents for you, liaise with others involved in your issue and assist you with understanding legal concepts.
You can make an appointment with reception or if you are unable to make it to RAW they can arrange for a telephone or video link up.
Chrysalis House Women’s Refuge provides safe and supported accommodation for women with or without children who are escaping family violence or are at risk of being homeless as a result of crisis.
Chrysalis House also provides services for children. A child support worker works with children to reduce the harmful effects of family violence, including availability of crèche services. Chrysalis House can accommodate children and youth up to the age of 18 years with appropriate recreation activities available.