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 – Karratha

PCLS has solicitors located in Karratha and Hedland. The legal service is provided to the people of the Pilbara and outreach is conducted on an at needs basis. 
 
The service is free and is specific in the following areas:
  • Property Settlement
  • Parenting
  • Divorce
  • Care and Protection
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Wills and Deceased Estates (Limited Services)
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Domestic Violence Advocacy and Victim Support Service Karratha

DVAVSS provides information, support, referrals and assistance in a secure and confidential setting where you are safe to tell your story. The service acts as an important tool to help overcome trauma, recover and rebuild life after abuse. DVAVSS provides assistance with:
 
• Providing information to clients about their rights, options, and the community resources available for them
• Safety planning- various strategies are discussed so a client can decide for themselves what strategies to use to reduce their future risk of abuse
• Violence Restraining Order applications
• Encouragement, empathy and respect with a non-judgmental approach and culturally sensitive support.
• Informal counselling can be through crisis intervention or casual conversation.
 
DVAVSS works closely with WA Police, Child Protection and Family Support, Family and Domestic Violence Response Team, Women’s Refuge, Safe House and the DV Lawyer at PCLS. By building a good relationship with other services, DVAVSS is able to provide a client centred service and address client needs by referring them for appropriate support.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Indigenous Advancement Outreach Program

The program provides outreach to Indigenous people across the Pilbara and travels to deliver family law services and advice in matters such as wills, deceased estates, assist widowed family members to apply for probate, estate planning, advice and representation on civil matters (not including family and domestic violence) and enduring powers of attorney and guardianship.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Redress

Redress support workers are there to help survivors of sexual abuse understand the scheme, talk about feelings and guide them through the application process. The National Redress Scheme has been set up to help people who experienced sexual abuse in Australian institutions to gain access to counselling and a Redress payment. The scheme acknowledges the damage that has been done to people as children and holds institutions accountable. 
 
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
 
This free confidential service is located in Karratha, Roebourne and South Hedland office and services the whole of the Pilbara.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Redress

Redress support workers are there to help survivors of sexual abuse understand the scheme, talk about feelings and guide them through the application process. The National Redress Scheme has been set up to help people who experienced sexual abuse in Australian institutions to gain access to counselling and a Redress payment. The scheme acknowledges the damage that has been done to people as children and holds institutions accountable. 
 
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
 
This free confidential service is located in Karratha, Roebourne and South Hedland office and services the whole of the Pilbara.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Tenancy 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. It helps tenants within the Pilbara to have a better understanding about renting in the private and non-private sector. The aim is to helps resolve issues when the tenant is unsure of what to do, assist tenants to negotiate with lessors, assist tenants to fill out forms, apply to the court and/or represent tenants in court.
 
Outreach services are provided to particularly vulnerable and marginal isolated community groups between the City of Karratha, Shire of Ashburton, Town of Port Hedland, Warralong Community and Marble Bar.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Disability Advocacy

The Disability Advocacy Service recognises there is a gap between people living disability in the Pilbara and the services available to them for advocacy, advice and support. The service is committed to improving the lives and opportunities for people with disability. The service has a solicitor dedicated to Disability Advocacy and can assist with any legal issues including:
 
  • Discrimination claims
  • Preparing or appealing a Disability Support Pension
  • Preparing or appealing a Carer Allowance claim
  • Appointing Power of Attorney, Guardian to make decisions for you
  • Making an advanced health directive
  • Eligibility for government benefits
  • Eligibility for NDIS
  • Elder abuse
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Housing Support

The housing support service supports and  assists clients to obtain secure, stable, and long term accommodation. Working closely with other services such as Department of Communities, the housing support service focuses on educating clients so they have the skills and knowledge to sustain and maintain their long term tenancy.
 
The housing support service is located in Karratha, Roebourne, South Hedland and Newman. The service focuses on 3 key strategies:
• Breaking the cycle of homelessness to help people get back on their feet, find stable accommodation and obtain employment;
• A better connected service system that will build more connected, integrated and responsive services that strive to achieve; and
• Sustainable housing, and improve economic and social participation of those at risk of homelessness.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Domestic Violence Advocacy & Victim Support

DVAVSS provides information, support, referrals and assistance in a secure and confidential setting where you are safe to tell your story. The service acts as an important tool to help overcome trauma, recover and rebuild life after abuse. DVAVSS provides assistance with:
 
• Providing information to clients about their rights, options, and the community resources available for them
• Safety planning- various strategies are discussed so a client can decide for themselves what strategies to use to reduce their future risk of abuse
• Violence Restraining Order applications
• Encouragement, empathy and respect with a non-judgmental approach and culturally sensitive support.
• Informal counselling can be through crisis intervention or casual conversation.
 
DVAVSS works closely with WA Police, Child Protection and Family Support, Family and Domestic Violence Response Team, Women’s Refuge, Safe House and the DV Lawyer at PCLS. By building a good relationship with other services, DVAVSS is able to provide a client centred service and address client needs by referring them for appropriate support.
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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
 
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Stellan Family Law

Stellan Family Law practises in the following areas of law:
 
• Children’s issues including Relocation and Recovery Orders
• Property and financial matters
• Divorce
• Violence restraining orders
• Wills and Estates
 
Consultations can also be conducted by video-link and telephone. You may schedule consultations and meetings at times that suit you, including after hours and on weekends.
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Legal Advice

PCLS has solicitors located in Karratha and Hedland. The legal service is provided to the people of the Pilbara and outreach is conducted on an at needs basis. 
 
The service is free and is specific in the following areas:
  • Property Settlement
  • Parenting
  • Divorce
  • Care and Protection
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Wills and Deceased Estates (Limited Services)
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Domestic Violence Outreach Program

The domestic violence outreach (DVO) Service is aimed at breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence. This service is provided to the West Pilbara region and works closely beside their KWS service.
The program aims to engage and provide support to victims and perpetrators. The initiative of the DVO service 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.
 
Their 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
• The service can provide both practical and emotional support for victims of domestic violence. You do not need to leave the perpetrator to access support.
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Anglicare WA Karratha – Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service

The free service provides support and advocacy to adult victims of family and domestic violence.
 
The support provided by this service includes:
 
• Information about safe accommodation options
• Referral to other relevant agencies
• Advocacy on victim’s behalf to other agencies
• Support with legal and court proceedings
• Police liaison
• Education and information about family and domestic violence
• Emotional support
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State and National Legal Services Services

Victim Support Service

Is a voluntary and free service available to victims of crime.

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Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA offers free or low-cost legal services to the community. If their clients have trouble getting help because of a disability, language barriers, or location, Legal Aid WA has available support to assist them.
Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services including: civil law, criminal law, family law and community legal education
Family law and children’s matters services:
• 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 or wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence
 
Virtual office: virtual.office@legalaid.wa.gov.au
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Legal Aid WA – Senior Rights and Advocacy Service

The Senior Rights and Advocacy Service is a specialist legal advice and assistance service, as a division of Legal Aid WA.
Services offered include: 
• Legal advice and assistance in areas such as elder abuse, planning for the future, guardianship and administration, and issues involving grandchildren 
• representation in certain guardianship and administration matter with State Administrative Tribunal 
• Mediation and dispute resolution
• information and community legal education 
• Referrals to community and government agencies
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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 (under 25 years of age) across Western Australia. 
 
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice in the following areas:
 
• Criminal Matters – legal advice on all criminal matters and traffic offences
• Motor Vehicle Accidents – legal advice and casework to establish liability and negotiate with insurers or claimants
• Contract Law – legal advice on establishing the capacity to contract, contractual obligations and unconscionable contracts
• Leaving Home – advice on legal rights and responsibilities and accessing personal belongings and papers
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Circle Green Community Legal Centre

Circle Green is a community legal centre in Western Australia providing state-wide specialist legal services in employment, residential tenancy law, family and domestic violence, and migration services aimed at assisting people who are otherwise disadvantaged in their access to legal services.
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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

A restraining order is designed to prevent acts of family or personal violence. Having a restraining order allows the police to intervene on behalf of the protected person if the conditions are breached.
The online restraining order application service has been introduced for people seeking the protection of a restraining order to lodge their application without having to attend a court registry.
Police officers have the ability to issue a police order for up to 72 hours in certain circumstances. This order is a temporary restraining order that allows the protected person the ability to make an application to a court during normal business hours. Please contact the Western Australia Police Force on 131 444 if you require police assistance or 000 in an emergency.
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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
If you need help with your legal or non-legal issues from a duty lawyer or FASS social support worker, please call (08) 9224 8690.
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Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide information and referral, a low-cost legal advice service on a wide range of issues, and a mediation service.

Their services include:

  • Free information on a wide range of issue
  • Low-cost Legal Advice
  • Low-cost mediation and dispute resolution
  • Free Tax Help (July – October)
  • Assistance with WA NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) Applications
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Probate Assistance
  • Preparation of Family Court documents
  • Letters of Administration
  • Wills
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Guardianship
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Aboriginal Family Legal Services

Aboriginal Family Law Service assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live free from family violence and sexual assault. We not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.
 
Services offered include:
• Family Law
• Child Protection
• Criminal Injury Compensation
• Family Violence Restraining Orders
• Non-legal Support
• Social Support
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