Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program
Who we are
The Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP) funds 28 Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs), servicing 114 local courts in NSW. Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services are locally-based, independent services for women and children seeking help and information about how to get protection from the court from domestic violence. Legal Aid NSW administers state government funding for the program.
Who we help
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services assist women and children who are or have been experiencing domestic violence to obtain effective legal protection through applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs).
What we do
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services help you to obtain legal protection from domestic violence and help you with other needs including accessing support services (for example financial assistance and advice, housing, counselling and family law issues). They can't provide legal advice but they can refer you to solicitors. In some areas they work with solicitors from the Legal Aid NSW, Domestic Violence Unit and Domestic Violence Practitioner Scheme.
- Before court if you have a domestic violence matter which is going to court and you want to know what will happen, they can provide you with information and other assistance.
- At court they will make sure you have a safe place to sit at court, give you information to help you understand what is happening and work with you to get an order that is best for your situation. Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services will also keep you informed about the progress of your matter through the court, including future dates when you need to attend court.
- After court the WDVCAS can refer you to other services that can help you with things such as safe housing, income support, children's needs, family law and counselling. The WDVCAS can provide you with information about what to do if the abuse continues.
Some Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services have specialist workers to help Aboriginal women, or women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.