Legal Services

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    Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit (CAAFLU)

    CAAFLU provides culturally appropriate legal and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault.

    • legal advice and representation
    • advocacy
    • information
    • referrals
    • support

     

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    CAAFLU

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    Central Australian Women’s Legal Service

    Central Australian Women’s Legal Service (CAWLS) delivers a holistic, culturally safe, trauma informed legal service for women. Our team can help with information about legal issues, legal advice and representation, referral to support services, community legal education and law reform advocacy.

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    CAWLS

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    Domestic Violence Legal Service

    The Domestic Violence Legal Service (DVLS) is a free legal service for persons who have experienced or are at risk of domestic or family violence in Darwin and the greater Darwin region.

    We can provide legal advice and information on applying for a domestic violence order; Police domestic violence orders; changing, extending, or removing a domestic violence order; undertakings and warning letters.

    For eligible clients we can provide legal representation and advocacy in domestic violence matters and can assist with referrals to other legal and support services.

    DVLS also provide community legal education and law reform advocacy.

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    NT Legal Aid Commission

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    Katherine Women’s Information & Legal Service (KWILS)

    Katherine Women’s Information & Legal Service (KWILS) is a not-for-profit Community Legal Centre based in Katherine, Northern Territory. We are a specialist women’s legal service providing all women, and those who identify as women, in Katherine and the Big Rivers Region access to free and professional legal and support services, with a particular focus on the reduction of domestic, family and sexual violence. We also provide community legal education and undertake advocacy and law reform work in areas that improve gender equity and address gendered violence.

    KWILS aims to ensure that all women in the Katherine region have access to free legal advice and representation in the following areas:

    • Domestic, Family and Personal Violence
    • Child protection
    • Family Law
    • Discrimination (age, sex, race, gender etc)
    • Employment (including sexual harassment)
    • Government complaints (including the conduct of Police, Corrections & Education)
    • Health Care Complaints Commission (including the conduct of Health Care, Aged Care and Disability Care Providers)
    • Coronial Inquests
    • Tenancy Law (public and private tenancies)
    • Social Security/Centrelink
    • Consumer law (Credit & Debts)
    • Victims of Crime and Motor Accidents Compensation

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    North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service

    Provides legal assistance including advice and casework for indigenous women, children and young people affected by family or domestic violence. North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service Provides legal assistance, referral and support for indigenous men, women, children and young people affected by family or domestic violence and sexual assault. NAAFVLS also focuses on raising community awareness and implementing prevention initiatives to address the problems of family violence.

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    NAAFLS

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    NT Legal Aid Commission

    We provide free and confidential legal information, referral to other helpful services and legal advice appointments for most legal problems in the NT.

    Call the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343. The Helpline operator will talk about what type of problem you need help with and connect you to the correct office at Legal Aid to make an appointment. We provide legal advice over the phone, or in person if that is preferred.

    Your nearest Legal Aid office runs legal advice clinics in family law, criminal law and civil law matters.

    Ongoing legal representation is available to people who qualify for a grant of legal aid. We require you to meet a financial means test and your legal problem must be something we are funded to provide representation for.

    Take your first step towards a solution and call the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343

     

     

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    Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS)

    TEWLS provides free civil and family law services, including legal information and referral, advice, casework and representation services, community legal education, and advocacy to women in the Top End.

    TEWLS is able to provide free legal advice and legal information and referral services to all women and people identifying as women in the Greater Darwin region. Women wishing to access our services are able to seek free legal help in person at the TEWLS office or at our various clinic locations, as well as over the phone.

    How we can help

    TEWLS provides holistic and culturally appropriate legal and related non-legal services.

    For more information about how TEWLS can help you, please see How We Can Help.

    Legal advice and representation

    TEWLS is able to provide free legal advice to all women and people identifying as women in the Greater Darwin region, including legal information and referral services. TEWLS also provides casework and representation services on a case-by-case basis.

    For more information about TEWLS’ provision of legal advice and representation services, please see Legal Advice & Representation.

    Areas of Law

    TEWLS provides legal services in most areas of civil and family law, including:

    For more information about the areas of law that we are able to assist with, please see Areas of Law.

    Where can I meet with TEWLS?

    TEWLS provides legal services in-house at our Darwin office, as well as at various outreach and clinic locations.

    For more information about where you can meet with TEWLS, please see Clinic Locations.

    Community Legal Education

    TEWLS has a strong commitment to community legal education – we believe that by empowering women with knowledge and information about the legal system, women and the community at large will be able to better access the legal system.

    For more information about TEWLS’ Community Legal Education programs and how you can contact TEWLS to discuss legal education workshops and/or campaigns, please see Community Legal Education.

    Not in the Northern Territory?

    If you are in a state or territory other than the Northern Territory, or need a different community legal centre, please see the National Association of Community Legal Centres website for information about a community legal centre, including women’s legal service, in your local area.

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    TEWLS

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    WoSSCA – Court Support Service

    Going to court can be hard and stressful. If you are a woman who has experienced domestic, family or sexual violence, our Court Support Case Worker can help you with this, so you don’t have to go through it on your own.

    The Court Support Case Worker may be able to support you in any of these situations:

    • understanding the court processes
    • getting some legal advice
    • going to legal appointments with you for support
    • helping if you’re involved in a criminal law case
    • helping if you’ve been asked to give evidence in court about an incidence of violence that you witnessed
    • if you want someone to go with you to court for support
    • if you need to get a Domestic Violence Order (DVO)

    The Court Support Case Worker is not a lawyer. They understand the court and legal systems and will help you with your situation.

    * The WoSSCA Court Support Service is only available to you if you have matters being heard in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court. It is not available to you, if you are a defendant.

    If you would like to speak to the Court Support Case Worker, you can call us on 08 8953 7648

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    WoSSCA – Shelter and Crisis Support

    At Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia, we provide support and immediate shelter, for you and your children/grandchildren, with an average stay for most women of a few days, to a few weeks. Our shelter is high security, with 30 beds and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Along with case management, risk assessment, safety planning and emergency relief, we can also refer you to other services in town (such as our counselling appointments) to get the support you need.

    Our focus is to provide a space for you, where you can feel safe and supported, while you decide what to do next. When you come to us we respect your privacy – what you tell us remains confidential.

    Safety Planning and Risk Assessment

    One of the most important things we will do together is ‘risk assessment’ and ‘safety planning’. Our staff are trained to help you work out what the biggest risks may be for you, and to support you to make a safety plan that focusses on your needs and your situation and that keeps you safe. We will give you information that can help you understand some of the risk factors that can increase your chance of being harmed, and work with you to help reduce those risks.

    As well as understanding the risks, we help you do a safety plan. This might include talking about who the safe people in your life are, arranging a domestic violence order, letting the police know about your situation, or relocating you to a different house, town or community if necessary.

    Supporting Your Children

    Children are often unintentional victims of domestic and family violence. We want them to feel safe and supported too when they come to the shelter with you. We can also refer them on to other services if they need more help.

    All of our staff work to create a positive atmosphere that supports children and focuses on their individual needs. Stability during times of crisis is really important for children, so we try to maintain routines, support you to make sure they can keep going to school and provide a happy and healthy environment for them to learn, play and feel safe. We have facilities set up for children of all ages, including a new playground and activity space. We also have a family room equipped with games, movies, paints, crafts and books.

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    CDTWoSSCA