The Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP) Unit administers NSW Government funding for a network of 27 Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs) across the state. WDVCASs are locally-based, incorporated, not-for-profit, non-government service providers.
The WDVCAP Unit monitors WDVCAS service providers to ensure they meet their service agreement obligations, and women and children receive a professional and effective service. The WDVCAP Unit also provides training and mentoring to WDVCAS staff and seconded workers, to ensure adherence to the WDVCAP model of best practice service delivery.
The WDVCAP Unit works in partnership with NSW Police Force, NSW Local Courts, the Department of Justice and a range of other stakeholders such as housing and health services.
WDVCASs provide information, advocacy and referrals to assist women and their children who are or have been experiencing domestic and family violence, with their legal, social and welfare needs. WDVCASs assist women to obtain effective legal protection through applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) at all 136 local court locations across NSW.
WDVCASs provide women and their children with information, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. They provide referrals to services including housing, counselling, financial assistance or health services. A number of WDVCASs work with solicitors from the Domestic Violence Unit or Domestic Violence Duty Scheme, who can provide legal advice on matters including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), financial advice, family law, immigration and other issues.
Through these services, WDVCASs aim to provide victims with:
If you have a domestic violence matter which is going to court and you want to know what will happen, the WDVCAS can provide you with information and referrals to other agencies and services for assistance. The WDVCAS will also let you know where they are located at the court so you can find them easily on the day.
The WDVCAS 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. Where available, the WDVCAS will link you with free legal and other advice at court. We will keep you informed about the progress of your case, including any upcoming dates when you need to attend court.
The WDVCAS may refer you to other services that can help you with things such as safe housing, income support, children's needs, family law and counselling. They will provide you with information about how to keep yourself and your children safe, and what to do if the abuse or control continues.
If your ADVO matter is set down for a defended hearing, the WDVCAS can organise for you to attend a hearing clinic which helps explain what happens at court on the day of the hearing. Some WDVCASs have specialist workers to help Aboriginal women, or women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Ask us if you need interpreter services.
In 2014 the It Stops Here: Standing together to end domestic and family violence in NSW (Safer Pathway) reforms were launched. Safer Pathway is a coordinated service delivery model for domestic violence victims across NSW.
Safer Pathway is fully operational across NSW. Safer Pathway comprises:
The WDVCASs were chosen to host the LCPs for female victims due to their state-wide coverage, local knowledge, existing referral pathways and specialist knowledge.
LCPs provide clients with threat assessment, case coordination (i.e. warm referrals to local services for key needs) and safety planning. LCPs also provide victim liaison and secretariat support for SAMs.
Further information on Safer Pathway can be accessed here: https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/families-and-communities/safer-pathway
|WDVCAS||Phone||Local Courts covered|
|Burwood||(02) 9739 6243||Burwood|
|Central Coast||Gosford (02) 4346 4452|
Wyong (02) 4346 4451
|Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong|
|Central North-West||1800 940 406||Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar, Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Walgett|
|Central West||(02) 6361 3345||Bathurst, Blayney, Condobolin, Cowra, Forbes, Lake Cargelligo, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill|
|Coffs-Clarence||(02) 6650 0302||Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Maclean|
|Cumberland||(02) 8833 0922||Parramatta|
|Far West||(08) 8087 2053||Broken Hill, Wentworth, Wilcannia|
|Hunter Valley||(02) 4936 2906||Cessnock, Dungog, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Raymond Terrace, Scone, Singleton|
|Illawarra||(02) 4229 4604||Albion Park, Kiama, Port Kembla, Wollongong|
|Macarthur||(02) 4640 7333||Camden, Campbelltown, Picton|
|Mid-Coast||Port Macquarie (02) 6584 0053|
Taree (02) 6551 3356
|Forster, Gloucester, Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope|
|Monaro-Hume||(02) 6299 3835||Bombala, Cooma, Crookwell, Goulburn, Grenfell, Moss Vale, Queanbeyan, Yass, Young|
|Murray River||(02) 6046 9480||Albury, Corowa, Deniliquin, Finley, Holbrook, Moama|
|Murrumbidgee||(02) 6962 3893||Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, West Wyalong|
|Nepean-Blue Mountains||(02) 4711 3888||Katoomba, Penrith, Windsor|
|New England||1800 004 022||Armidale, Boggabilla, Glen Innes, Inverell, Moree, Mungindi, Tenterfield, Warialda|
|Newcastle||(02) 4940 8766||Belmont, Newcastle, Toronto|
|North-West Sydney||(02) 4577 6847||Blacktown, Mt Druitt|
|Northern Rivers||(02) 6621 1044||Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads|
|Northern Sydney||(02) 8425 8707||Hornsby, Manly|
|Oxley||1800 938 227||Gunnedah, Quirindi, Narrabri, Tamworth, Walcha, Wee Waa|
|Riverina||(02) 9063 8644||Cootamundra, Gundagai, Junee, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Wagga Wagga|
|South Coast||(02) 4476 5416||Batemans Bay, Bega, Eden, Milton, Moruya, Narooma, Nowra|
|South West Sydney||(02) 9601 6988||Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool|
|Southern Sydney||(02) 8508 4300||Sutherland|
|Sydney||(02) 9287 7505||Central, Downing Centre, Newtown, Waverley|
|Western||1800 940 406||Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Mudgee, Narromine, Rylstone, Warren, Wellington|