Domestic violence help
in your region
Below is a list of options for accommodation, including refuges and safe houses, emergency housing, men’s and women’s shelters, and rent assistance. Additionally, the services directory lists local low cost and alternative accommodation options.
Since April 2019, new tenancy laws have been introduced that allow the termination of a lease within 7 days on the ground of domestic violence
If you cannot find local accommodation support services for your area, you can find state and national accommodation service providers at the bottom of this page, including those offering safe accommodation, rental assistance and tenancy advice.
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.
The Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service provides support and advocacy to adult victims of family and domestic violence, giving them a voice and support with agency referrals and counselling.
The support provided by this service includes:
Affordable, clean and comfortable accommodation for short and long stays, Esperance Central Accommodation is a family run business located in the heart of Esperance, offering you the freedom of self service with assistance only a phone call away.
Located in Bunbury, Ngalla Maya is a friendly, inclusive shared accommodation solution that provides a safe-haven for single women who find themselves without a place to call home. Established for women, living at Ngalla Maya is a time to take a breath, reflect and make positive changes to ensure you can move on confidently with your life. Think of it as your new home for up to a year. While you’re here, we’ll work with you to build the life skills you need to find, secure and transition to more stable and longer- term accommodation.
Services extend to helping you with budgeting, strengthening your relationship with family, support you to engage in education and training opportunity, help gain employment and assist with accessing services from other organisations (e.g. physical and mental health, alcohol and other drugs). Ngalla Maya is a discrimination free zone where we accept you for who you are, free of judgement.