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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.

Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre

Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre can assist you in providing advice, information and assistance in:

  • gaining a better understanding of the legal process involved in divorce and separation;
  • making arrangements for children following a separation ;
  • receiving advice about finances after a separation;
  • speaking to someone regarding mediation or family dispute resolution;
  • options you may have to resolve your matter without going to court. The Centre can provide you with advice and assistance regarding;
  • the process of a FVRO application;
  • how to make an initial application and affidavit and assess the likelihood of being granted an FVRO
  • options to settle the matter through negotiations with the respondent (person bound) such as Conduct Agreement Orders
  • how to maintain you and your children’s safety from family and domestic violence;
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Aborginal Legal Service of WA Northam

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.

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Northam Family Lawyers

Northam Family Lawyers are a private law firms who’s practice areas include:

  • Property settlements
  • Parenting orders
  • Family dispute resolution
  • Child protection
  • De facto divorce
  • Separation child and/or spousal maintenance
  • Family and domestic violence
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Mortlock Ryan & Co

Mortlock Ryan & Co are a private law firms who’s services include:

  • Criminal
  • Appeals
  • Misconduct and Violence Restraining Orders
  • Administrative Reviews and Appeals
  • Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
  • Family Law Criminal Offenses
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Bail Applications
  • Extradition Arrest Warrants
  • Misconduct and Violence Restraining Orders
  • Wills and Probate matters
  • Family Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
  • Family Law
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Victim Support and Child Witness Service Northam

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.
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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.

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Legal Aid WA

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

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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

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.

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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 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.
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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
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