Information for Women who are victims of domestic violence

Legal Aid Brochure: Applying for an ADVO

Victims Services: Victims Support a Quick Guide

Booklet about Domestic Violence: Charmed and Dangerous (warning: the guide is over 4mb in size)

 

Information for Women in

Wagga: Wagga WDVCAS brochure       Wagga Family Support brochure

Tumut: Tumut Regional Family Services brochure

Narrandera: Narrandera Child, Youth and Family Services brochure

Temora: Temora Community Centre brochure

Young: Young Crisis Accommodation Centre brochure

 

The Wagga Wagga Court Advocacy service is available to ensure that a women’s right to safety is protected through the legal process, and that other problems affecting women in this situation are properly addressed. This service is to assist all women at court who are victims of domestic violence.

 

Our Location

1/129 Fitzmaurice Street

PO Box 2154

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Phone: (02) 6921 6227

Fax: (02) 6921 6233

Email: cas@waggafamilysupport.org.au

 

When does this service operate?

WDVCAS operates 5 days a week, 9 – 5p.m.

WDVCAS is available at the Wagga Court on Tuesdays (List Day) to assist women applying for Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO’s).

WDVCAS is also available at Court on List Days once a month at Narrandera, Tumut, Young and Cootamundra.

You can contact the Court Advocacy Service for more information on (02) 6921 6227.

 

How can I use the service?

If you wish to use the service you can ring us on (02) 6921 6227, or you can contact a Support Worker at Wagga court on Tuesdays.

Appointments can also be made by dropping into the CAS/Family Support Office.

 

How does the Apprehended Violence order (AVO) protect me?

An AVO is for your future protection. It is designed to restrain the behaviour of the defendant by imposing criminal penalties on them if they breach the order after it has been made.

 

What do support workers do?

Workers will be at court to provide support, and information about the court process.

Court Advocacy Service workers will also respond to women’s need through advocacy and referrals.

 

Background

Legal Aid NSW administers funding from the State Government for the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP). The program currently funds 33 Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs) across NSW in 67 local courts. The program which has been operating since 1996, assists women and children to obtain legal protection from domestic violence from Local Courts through a system of legal representation, specialised assistance and referrals to appropriate services for their other legal and social/welfare needs.

The Wagga Wagga Court Advocacy Service is auspiced by Wagga Wagga Family Support Services Inc., and the project is jointly managed by Wagga Wagga Family Support Services Inc., and supported by a community based advisory committee.

 

Philosophy

The work of the Women’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Service is based on a feminist analysis of power and informed by the unique experiences of women and children’s lives.

It recognises the underlying political, social, structural and economic disadvantages faced by women and children escaping domestic violence.

The Women’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Service is committed to promote, protect and validate feminist principles, beliefs and practices in the delivery of service.

The program recognises that:

The key outcomes for WDVCAP clients are that Women and affected children:

 

Useful Contact Numbers

Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 656 463

Law Access 1300 888 529 http://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au

 

For more information on Wagga Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service download our brocure. Wagga WDVCAS brochure.

 

Funding for this service is provided by Legal Aid NSW