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Legal Aid Geraldton (Midwest and Gascoyne)

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

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Geraldton

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.

Victim Support and Child Witness Service Geraldton

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.

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:

  • Accessing services such as counselling, police, legal, medical and other relevant services
  • Working with the WA Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions and providing the child with up to date information as a matter progresses through the court system
  • Preparing a child for giving evidence in court and providing in court support
  • Helping a child to prepare a victim impact statement.

 

Desert Blue Connect – Family Violence Counselling & Advocacy Service

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:

  • Referrals to housing, financial or legal organisations
  • Risk assessment & safety planning
  • Applying for a family violence restraining order
  • Court support
  • Referrals to other agencies

Families can access the service by self-referral, other agency referral, by the Department of Child Protection and Family Support or directly from Police.

Regional Alliance West – Community Legal Centre

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.

 

Desert Blue Connect – Chrysalis House Women’s Refuge

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.

Services include:

  • Safe, secure crisis accommodation for up to three weeks
  • Development of safety plans
  • Practical and emotional assistance and support
  • Outreach support services
  • Information and advocacy
  • Referrals to other agencies
  • Links to housing, income, legal and medical services

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.

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