Domestic violence help
in your region
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.
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:
DK Family Legal offer a free initial one hour consult. They can assist in areas including:
Families can access the service by self-referral, other agency referral, by the Department of Child Protection and Family Support or directly from Police.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Family Law Counselling can help people with relationship difficulties better manage their personal or interpersonal issues associated with children and family during separation.
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.