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.

For free, confidential legal advice about domestic and family violence and Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) contact the Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line on (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:


Women and Family Law

W&FL Cover May 14

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 »


“When she talks to you about the violence”

GP Toolkit thumbnail A toolkit for GPs in NSW

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 LOISAsk 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 »

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