Domestic and family violence resources
Domestic violence impacts on many Legal Aid NSW clients. We aim to provide a high quality, client-centred and holistic service to these clients. Our Domestic and Family Violence Strategy provides a framework for our services to people in domestic violence situations.
Guidelines and tip sheets
- Domestic and family violence guidelines, Legal Aid NSW
Designed to assist lawyers provide a high quality and consistent service to Legal Aid NSW clients in domestic violence situations.
- Best Practice Principles for Use in Parenting Disputes when Family Violence or Abuse is Alleged, Family Court of Australia, 2016
These best practice principles have been developed to provide decision makers with practical guidance in dealing with matters in which a notice has been filed alleging family violence or abuse.
- Best Practice Guidelines in Family Law, Family Law Council and Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, 2010
Part 9 of these guidelines apply to family violence and include advice on screening, making needs assessments, carrying out safety planning, and proceedings to ensure personal protection.
- Guidelines for contact with the complainant in apprehended domestic violence and criminal matters, Law Society of NSW, 2004
These guidelines outline some of the specific obligations and responsibilities of practitioners when dealing with complainants in apprehended domestic violence proceedings and in criminal matters.
Domestic violence services
- Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service - Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services help women and children obtain legal protection from domestic violence and also help with other needs including accessing support services and legal advice. WDVCASs service 108 local courts across NSW.
- Domestic Violence Unit - The Domestic Violence Unit provides legal advice, assistance, referral and representation as well as social work support to victims of domestic and family violence.
- Domestic Violence Practitioner Service, Legal Aid NSW Private solicitors, based in a number of local courts across NSW, are paid by Legal Aid NSW to give free independent advice to women experiencing domestic violence (including police clients) on ADVOS, family law, care and protection and victim’s compensation matters. They can also refer clients to other services for more legal help.
- Other referrals for clients
Domestic violence policies
If you have an inquiry about our domestic violence services please contact the Domestic Violence Unit.