Domestic Violence Legal Services
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
- Family Law, including separation, parenting, property and divorce
- Domestic and Family Violence
- Tenancy and Housing
- Compensation, including victims of crime compensation
- Superannuation and Estates
- Employment Law
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.
- Child Protection
- Community Education & Engagement
- Crime & Victims Counselling
- Domestic Violence Legal Services
- Employment Support
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Immigration & Visa Support
- Indigenous Legal Services
- Legal Advocacy
- Legal Assistance
- Senior & Disability Rights
- Tenancy Advice
- Victims of Crime
- Women’s Legal Services
- Youth Diversion