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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.

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA South Hedland

Provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia ALSWA provides legal advice during weekday office hours for Family Law issues about children. Lawyers also represent parents in protection proceedings in the Children’s Courts throughout WA and at times, in the Family Court of WA about parenting issues.

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.

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Aboriginal Family Legal Services

The Aboriginal Family Law Service provides free legal and community education services for all Aboriginal people, including children, who have experienced family and domestic violence or sexual assault, including men, women and children. They provide culturally secure services are delivered from six regional locations – Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra and Port Hedland. They advocate on law and policy reforms that support the wellbeing of Aboriginal victim survivors and help to prevent family violence and make our communities safer.

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Delancy Family Law

Delancy Family Law are a private law firm specialising in family law including: Children’s issues
Where children live and who they spend time with
Child support
Relocation with children
Parenting Plans
Child abuse or threat of abuse
Other ways we can help
Family Violence and Intervention Orders
Property and Financial matters
Binding Financial Agreements
Application for Divorce
Mediation
Together with their partner professionals, they also offer:
Accounting and Taxation advice
Financial planning
Counselling
 
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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Community Migrant Services

The Community Migrant Service is located in Karratha and South Hedland and facilitates pathways to learning English, education and employment readiness. Service coordination and delivery include, but are not limited to, group information sessions teaching life skills and providing information on different issues such as the health system, employment, police and the law and banking practices
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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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South Hedland Pilbara Community Legal Service

Provides free legal and non-legal services specialising in family law, providing advice on a range of areas of law, including but not limited to:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Parenting Matters
  • Property Matters
  • Care and Protection
  • Recovery and Location Orders
  • Family Violence Restraining Orders
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South Hedland Pilbara Community Legal – Keeping Women Safe Program

Keeping women safe program (KWS) is an early intervention and prevention strategy aimed to help women and their children from becoming homeless and improve safety following family and domestic violence (FDV). The program helps women to stay in their home or a home of their choosing, when it is safe an appropriate to do so.

KWS assesses the safety and support needs of women and children through risk assessments, safety planning, home security audits and upgrades, and case management. In accordance with the multi-agency FDV approach, the PCLS Domestic Violence and KWS service work closely with the WA Police and Department of Child Protection and Family Support to reduce or manage the risk posed by the perpetrator and ensure women receive a coordinated response.

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Pilbara Community Legal Service – Legal Advice

The service is free and is specific in the areas of:
 
Family law:
• Property Settlement – Solicitors offer limited assistance in relation to property settlement. They can provide general information regarding the process of initiating and finalising financial relations with your partner, general assistance with filling in court forms and making appropriate referrals to other services.
• Parenting – Solicitors provide advice only and appropriate referrals in areas such as: where the children will live, how much time spent with the other parent, parenting plans and orders, location and recovery orders and breach of court orders.
• Divorce – Solicitors provide advice and assistance with the process and drafting of court documents.
• Care and Protection – Solicitors provide advice and court representation for care and protection matters. They do not provide representation in appeal matters.
• Family and Domestic Violence – Solicitors provide advice in relation to restraining orders, negotiating resolutions prior to the matter proceeding trial, court representation (where appropriate).
 
Criminal Injuries compensation :
Victims of family violence and victims of any other crime who have suffered bodily harm, or psychological injury as a result of the crime may be eligible to claim Criminal Injuries Compensation.
 
Wills and Deceased Estates (Limited Services)
The solicitors can provide advice and assistance with:
• Drafting simple Wills
• Assisting executors named in the Will apply to the Supreme Court for probate
• Applications for Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianship
 
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State and National Legal Services Services

Aboriginal Family Legal Service

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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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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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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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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