Domestic violence help
in your region
If you’re experiencing family violence you can speak to a KCLS lawyer for advice on how to protect yourself and your children. A lawyer can help you to plan for your safety, speak with the Police or apply for or vary a Violence Restraining Order.
Family Law – Children
A lawyer at KCLS can speak to you before you attend Family Dispute Resolution to give you advice on your rights and options before you go to FDR. If you can’t reach an agreement at FDR or your situation is too urgent to wait for FDR, you can speak to a lawyer at KCLS about your options.
Care and Protection
In these situations a lawyer at KCLS can speak to you about how the child protection law works and advise you on your rights. They can also help you to develop plans, speak to CPFS and tell your side of the story. You don’t have to wait until you’re in Court to speak with a lawyer. You can talk to a lawyer at KCLS as soon as you get paperwork from CPFS or are asked to have a meeting with them. It’s usually better to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, to see if things can be sorted out before Court. If you go to Court we may be able to help you tell your story to the Court and CPFS.
Kimberley Community Legal Centre provides outreach from Kununurra to Wyndham, Warmun, Halls Creek, Bililuna, Mulan and Balgo, Kalumburu and Wyndham.
How can KCLS help?
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The Save the Children Late Night Chilling Space provides a safe space with culturally appropriate recreational activities and workshops to support at risk young people to develop life skills, pro-social behaviours and cultural values. Particularly vulnerable young people are encourgaed to attend weekly Boy’s and Girl’s Dinners, where they can develop skills and discuss sensitive topics in a safe and supportive environment.
Reclaiming Our Lives is a group program that supports women who have been or are victims of family and domestic violence.
The program consists of eight two-hour sessions held at a safe venue, where you can share and talk openly about yourself, your relationships and your family.
The program provides information about domestic violence but also encourages participating women to support each other emotionally and practically.
Each session focuses on a different topic.
The #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine is a vending machine that dispenses FREE packs of six tampons and two pads to those in need. Share the Dignity supply the period products in the vending machine, install the machine and keep it supplied with free products with the help of our incredible volunteers.
The Save the Children Night Patrol provides transport home or to another safe place. The Night Patrol is staffed by a team of local Aboriginal people with strong ties to the community and a working knowledge of complex family networks.
Kununurra Medical is a multi-disciplinary and accredited private medical practice that serves the East Kimberley region. Services include:
The Kununurra Primary Health Centre provides a one-stop-shop health care hub for the East Kimberley community enabling more people in the region to access the care they need closer to home with fewer people requiring to travel to other major towns, including Perth, for treatment.
Services available include:
Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service
Allied Health Services
Boab Health Services
The Strong Men, Strong Families program delivered by KWAC and funded by the ‘Healing Foundation”, explores ways to strengthen the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men within their families and community with Information sessions and interactive workshops which include:
The program provides support, and advocacy, and will work closely with Aboriginal men to assist them in dealing with local services, including resolving matters with Housing, Centrelink and other local service providers.
Social and emotional wellbeing is a term used to describe the social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of a person. It recognises that connection to land, culture, spirituality, family, and community are important to people and can impact on their wellbeing. It also recognises that a person’s social and emotional wellbeing is influenced by policies and past events.
The SEWB team offers assistance in the form of:
The Kimberley Sexual Abuse Prevention and Support Service offers free counselling to child and adult victims of sexual abuse and assault. Counselling takes place in a safe environment, where victims are able to comfortably work through trauma with highly qualified counsellors.
Kununurra Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit family support service committed to providing emotional and practical support within our community by preventing isolation through the development of support groups, networks, education and information available to individuals and families.
As is the case for many north west towns, the population of Kununurra is transient making KNH’s role in the community an important one, reducing isolation by assisting individuals and families as they adjust to the Kimberley lifestyle without the normal support networks.
Wunan manages the Child & Parent Centres (CPCs) in Kununurra & Halls Creek in partnership with the WA Department of Education.
Research shows that 90 per cent of a child’s brain develops by the age of three. So clearly the experiences children have during this time impact on their success at school and in later life. Child & Parent Centres support families as they begin to lay the foundations for their children’s development and learning habits.
The Kununurra & Halls Creek CPCs offer a range of activities for children and families, including:
The Family and Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service works in partnership with the Department for Child Protection and the WA Police to improve the safety of child and adult victims of family and domestic violence. The service uses a collaborative approach that focuses on timely and early intervention following a police call out to a domestic violence incident.
The Indigenous Money Mentor delivers financial literacy education to improve the financial wellbeing of clients, including providing assistance to tenants in budgeting, financial literacy and accessing microfinance products. Wunan’s Indigenous Money Mentor can also help identify barriers to people reaching financial independence and act as an advocate for Transitional Housing Program participants.
Financial Capability Services help Aboriginal people to develop longer-term capacity to budget and manage money. Their Financial Capability workers deliver financial literacy education and support, including community workshops, information and coaching, one-on-one budgeting assistance, and providing support to clients every step of the way.