Domestic Violence Legal Service
The Domestic Violence Legal Service is a specialist legal service for women experiencing domestic violence. Its main objective is to inform women who have experienced violence about their legal rights and to help women obtain access to justice.
Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line
(02) 8745 6999 or 1800 810 784.
About the Domestic Violence Legal Service
The Domestic Violence Legal Service is the only dedicated legal service of its kind in NSW.
Originally called the “Domestic Violence Advocacy Service”, it was established in 1986 when the Women’s Legal Resource Centre identified the need for a Community Legal Centre to solely assist women experiencing domestic violence.
The Domestic Violence Legal Service provides a range of free and confidential legal services including:
- Casework, legal advice and advocacy
- Education and training
- Committees and Consultations
- Policy development and law reform
- Publications and resources
Women and Family Law
Women and Family Law is a plain-English booklet covering a range of family law topics such as divorce, children, and property settlement. See Chapter 5: Protection against violence and harassment for information about domestic violence and AVOs. Read more »
Just a piece of paper: making your AVO work for you
This practical guide is intended to help people who already have an AVO for their protection. Covers LGBTIQ relationships, what is an AVO, how do AVOs work, what is a breach, how to report a breach, role of the police, AVOs and children, varying or revoking your AVO, AVOs and family law, AVOs and immigration, what to do to stay safe. Read online (PDF)
Hot Topics 87: Domestic Violence
This issue looks at the prevalence of domestic violence and the legal framework that deals with offenders and victims, which includes AVOs, the court process and other legal issues that relate to DV. Read online: Hot Topics 87: Domestic Violence
“When she talks to you about the violence”
The GP Toolkit has been developed to assist doctors in identifying and responding to women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. Read more »
Resources for Community Workers
Ask LOIS is a secure website providing a free legal online information service for community workers across NSW who are working with women who are experiencing or escaping domestic violence. The resource is particularly targeted at regional and rural workers and aims to provide legal training, information, advice and support. Read more »