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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.

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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Esperance Crisis Accommodation Service – Mara House

The ECAS Women’s Safe House offers support to women and children (male under 17 years of age) escaping Family and Domestic Violence and experiencing homelessness through Domestic Violence. At the refuge staff will assist you with information to help you decide about housing, legal and income issues. You will be supplied with bedding and food, clothing and toiletries if needed. Support, referrals, advocacy and information to those using the service. They can refer you to other services like a counsellor to discuss your feelings and choices at this time.   Safe at Home Service: For some families, staying in their home and having the violent person leave is the best option. Staff can provide support for women staying at their homes. The staff can help you assess your risk and support you with safety plans and increased practical safety measures. The staff will provide regular outreach assistance and support while you rebuild a safe life for yourself and your children.   Each woman has a key worker who can help with the following:

  • Safety planning
  • Building self-confidence and independence
  • Advice on housing rights and responsibilities
  • Legal Support
  • Accompanying to court
  • Refer you to Financial Counselor, who can help with budgeting, paying bills and debts
  • Resettlement skills, such as shopping and cooking
  • Referrals to other relevant agencies
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Ellery Brookman Barristers and Solicitor

Ellery Brookman offers a comprehensive family law service, including divorce, property and children’s matters, spousal and child maintenance and financial agreements (including pre-nuptial agreements).

The can also provide legal services in:

  •  Criminal Law
  • Property Settlement
  • Wills and Estate Planning
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DK Family Legal

DK Family Legal offer a free initial one hour consult. They can assist in areas including:

  • Divorce
  • Mediations for both children’s living arrangements and property settlement
  • Property disputes relating to both de facto and matrimonial relationships
  • Drafting and advising on Binding Financial agreements
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Support review and departure applications
  • Family violence matters
  • Disputes relating to children’s living arrangements
  • Child protection matters involving the Department
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Desert Blue Connect – Family Violence Counselling & Advocacy Service

This service provides counselling, support and intervention for families where family violence has occurred or is likely to occur.  Counselling sessions can be with individuals and families including children. The service also provides advocacy for those experiencing family violence, and provide assistance with:

  • Referrals to housing, financial or legal organisations
  • Risk assessment & safety planning
  • Applying for a family violence restraining order
  • Court support
  • Referrals to other agencies

Families can access the service by self-referral, other agency referral, by the Department of Child Protection and Family Support or directly from Police.

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Desert Blue Connect – Chrysalis House Women’s Refuge

Chrysalis House Women’s Refuge provides safe and supported accommodation for women with or without children who are escaping family violence or are at risk of being homeless as a result of crisis.

Services include:

  • Safe, secure crisis accommodation for up to three weeks
  • Development of safety plans
  • Practical and emotional assistance and support
  • Outreach support services
  • Information and advocacy
  • Referrals to other agencies
  • Links to housing, income, legal and medical services

Chrysalis House also provides services for children. A child support worker works with children to reduce the harmful effects of family violence, including availability of crèche services. Chrysalis House can accommodate children and youth up to the age of 18 years with appropriate recreation activities available.

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Department of Justice

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
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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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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
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Centacare Kalgoorlie – Family Dispute Resolution

Centrecare Family Dispute Resolution focuses on children. They also assist couples and families communicate effectively and reach agreements in relation to the needs of children and/or resolve property matters. Separation can be a difficult time for families, particularly for children. The Family Law requires parents to attempt to resolve issues related to their children through Family Dispute Resolution (or a similar service) before being able to initiate proceedings in the Family Court.

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