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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.

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.

Victim Support Service and Child Witness Service Karratha

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.

Pilbara Community Legal Service

Housing Support Program:

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.

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.

Domestic violence advocacy and victim support service (DVAVSS):

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.

Keeping women safe program (KWS):

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.

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

Legal Aid WA – Goldfields

Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:

  • 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
  • Wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Kalgoorlie

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.

Aboriginal Family Law Services Kalgoorlie

Provides free legal and community support services for Aboriginal families and individuals in Western Australia. This includes legal advocacy, casework, court support and representation in matters related to family violence and sexual assault. They cannot act for perpetrators of violence. The legal matters they assist with include Violence Restraining Orders (VRO’s), criminal injuries compensation, and family law such as child recovery orders and parenting plans.

Centrecare Kalgoorlie – Family Law Counselling

Family Law Counselling can help people with relationship difficulties better manage their personal or interpersonal issues associated with children and family during separation.

Services include:

  • Relationship separation and divorce
  • Considering what is in the best interests of your children
  • Reaching agreement to living arrangements
  • Co-parenting effectively
  • Supporting parents to reach decisions that support the best outcomes for their children
  • Managing the impact of family and domestic violence
  • Finding alternatives to formal legal processes
  • Communicating effectively

Legal Aid Geraldton (Midwest and Gascoyne)

Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:

  • 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
  • Wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Geraldton

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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