Domestic Violence Practitioner Service
Who we are
The Domestic Violence Practitioner Service (DVPS) is a statewide specialist service funded by Legal Aid NSW. We pay private lawyers to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence in court proceedings.
Who we help
Women and children experiencing domestic violence in need of legal protection through an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).
How we can help
Advice and assistance
We give free independent advice to clients (including police clients) on ADVOS, family law, care and protection and victim’s compensation matters.
We can also refer clients to other services for more legal help.
We can prepare your matter and represent you in court in private ADVO applications in mentions and in hearings through a grant of legal aid. This includes cross-applications.
Private lawyers attend court on AVO list days in 32 metropolitan and regional local courts.
The DVPS currently operates in the following local courts:
Metropolitan Local Courts:
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Regional Local Courts:
DVPS solicitors work closely with their local Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. Where no DVPS is available WDVCAS staff can place you in contact with a private practitioner who can represent you, if you are eligible, with a grant of legal aid.
Call your local Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.
They organise the rosters and can tell you who is available at court to help you on any given day.
- Are you experiencing domestic violence?
- So you want the violence to stop – advice about domestic violence and help at court
- So you want the violence to stop - Getting An Apprehended Violence Order
- Apprehended violence orders – information for applicants
Please view our case report summaries showing how the Domestic Violence Practitioner Scheme (DVPS) is able to assist women and children seeking ADVOs.