​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Getting more hel​p​

    ​Law​​​Access​​ NSW

    If you are an applicant, protected person (also know as a Person in Need of Protection or PINOP) or defendant in a​n ​Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) case, and you need more help, call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529.

    LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, advice and referrals for people who have a legal problem in NSW.

    For more information, see​ About LawAccess NSW​

    NSW Police Domestic Violence Liais​on Officer (​DVLO)

    DVLOs are specialist police officers, trained in domestic and family violence and child protection. They are located at many police stations across NSW.

    Domestic Violence Liaison Officers can provide support to victims, and help them with the AVO court process. They can also give referrals to support agencies that can help victims, such as refuges. One of their other roles is to monitor victims and perpetrators on an ongoing basis.

    To contact a local DVLO call your local police station and ask to speak to the DVLO.

    ​Women's Domestic Violence C​ourt Advocacy Service (WDVCAS)

    WDVCAS provides court advocacy, referrals and information for women and children involved in Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) matters and some Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) matters.

    If a woman is making a private application for an ADVO, the service can also arrange someone to represent her in Court.

    WDVCASs operate at most local courts and usually provide a safe room for their clients to wait in when they are at court. Female defendants can also use the safe room, usually if they are also a victim of violence.

    To find out if there is a Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service in your area call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529, or visit the Legal Aid NSW website.

    Domestic Violence Practitioner Sc​​​heme (DVPS)

    The DVPS is a statewide specialist service funded by Legal Aid NSW. Legal Aid NSW pay private lawyers, who work with the WDVCASs, to provide advice and representation to women in ADVO matters. They can also provide advice and representation to female defendants where appropriate, including in cross-applications.

    For more information, go to Domestic Violence Practitioner Service or call your local Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

    Women's Legal Services NSW - D​​omestic Violence Legal Service

    The Domestic Violence Legal Service is a specialised legal service for women experiencing domestic violence, providing casework, legal advice and advocacy.

    For more information, go to the Women's Legal Services NSW website.

    Community Services NSW - Dome​stic Violence Line

    The Domestic Violence Line provides telephone counselling, information and referrals for people who are experiencing domestic violence.

    The Domestic Violence Line is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week on 1800 656 463.

    For more information, go to the Community Services NSW website.

    Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Wo​​mens Legal Centre

    For more information, go to the Wirringa Baiya website.

    Safe Relationships P​​roject - Domestic Violence Court Assistance

    The Safe Relationships Project (SRP) provides support, advocacy, referrals and information to: 

    • men and women who are experiencing domestic violence in Same Sex relationships 
    • Transgender and Transexual people
    • Intersex people.

    The Safe Relationships Project assists their clients in accessing legal representation and applying for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) or Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO) to help put an end to the violence they are experiencing.

    For more information, go to the Safe Re​lationships Project website.  

    Another Closet: D​omestic and family violence in LGBTIQ relationships

    The Another Closet website is for people in same-sex or LGBTIQ relationships who are or may be experiencing domestic violence. It contains information on what domestic violence is, what to do if you are experiencing abuse, tips for making a crisis plan and the details for some referral services in NSW.

    It also has information for people supporting an LGBTIQ friend or family member who is experiencing abuse.

    For more information, go to the Another Closet website

    Legal Aid​​ NSW

    Legal Aid is not generally available to defendants in AVO cases unless they have been charged with criminal offences and meet Legal Aid NSW eligibility requirements as well. Legal Aid NSW may provide representation for defendants in ADVO cases, even if there are no related criminal charges, if there are exceptional circumstances.

    Legal Aid NSW can provide free 20 minute consultations and may also provide representation for applicants who make private applications if they meet Legal Aid's eligibility criteria.

    For more information, go to the Legal Aid NSW website.

    Aboriginal Legal Se​rvice (ALS)

    This service gives advice and help to Aboriginal people and their families, particularly in criminal matters. There are five regional organisations in NSW with 25 offices.

    For more information, go to the Aboriginal Legal Service website. ​

    Community Justice​ Centres (CJC)

    Community Justice Centres can offer mediation services to parties involved in AVO cases that are assessed as appropriate. APVO matters can be referred for mediation but ADVO matters generally will not be.

    For information, go to the Community Justice​ Centres NSW website.

    RSPCA - Safe Beds for Pets

    The RSPCA's Safe Beds for Pets program offers secure emergency accommodation for pets from homes where domestic violence is taking place.

    For more information, go to the RSPCA website. ​​

    WDVCAS safe room at court
     

    Further inf​o​​rmation

    Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

    Domestic Violence Legal Service

    Domestic Violence Line 
    1800 656 463
    (TTY 1800 671 442)
    24 hours 7 days

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