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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.

Representation

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.

Location

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:

Balmain Fairfield Newtown
Bankstown Hornsby Parramatta
Blacktown Kogarah Penrith
Burwood Liverpool Sutherland
Campbelltown Manly Waverely
Downing Centre Mt Druitt Windsor

Regional Local Courts:

Albury Maitland Tamworth
Belmont Newcastle Toronto
Cessnock Nowra Wollongong
Dubbo Port Kembla Wyong
Gosford Port Macquarie

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.

Contact us

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.

Related information

Please view our case report summaries showing how the Domestic Violence Practitioner Scheme (DVPS) is able to assist women and children seeking ADVOs.