Women’s Domestic Violence and Court Advocacy Service

 

Important Update

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the staff of Northern Rivers Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) are not providing face-to-face services in local courts at present.

However, we are still providing court advocacy, information, support and referrals to clients via phone and email.

We are contactable on 02 6621 1044 or 1300 720 606, 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, contact us via email:  nrwdvcas@northernriversclc.org.au

In an emergency, contact the police on 000.

For information about emergency accommodation, phone the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 (in NSW, 24 hours a day) or DV Connect on 1800 811 811 (in Queensland, 24 hours a day).

To access  telephone counselling, online counselling and referral information, 24 hours a day, phone the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, 1800 Respect, on 1800 737 732 or go to www.1800respect.org.au

 

Who are we?

We are a free, local service that supports women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.

We have a specialist worker to help Aboriginal women, and we also help women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

NRWDVCAS is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation auspiced by the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre and funded by Legal Aid NSW.

 

How do we support women and children?

We help keep women safe

We get in touch with women who have recently experienced domestic violence and check on their physical and emotional well-being.

We identify women who are at high risk of experiencing further domestic violence, and liaise with them regarding adding them to the agenda of Safety Action Meetings (SAM) to optimise their safety.

These confidential, fortnightly safety meetings are attended by representatives from relevant local support services.

 

We provide women with information and referrals

We provide information about, and referrals to, support services that can help women:

  • Stay safe
  • Find accommodation
  • Get financial support
  • Get legal advice
  • Get support caring for their children
  • Access counselling and medical services

 

We support women before court, at court and after court

WDVCAS supports women through the court process:

  • We talk to women about what to expect at court, and inform them of court dates and court outcomes.
  • We help women understand what an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is, how they can apply for one, and how an ADVO can help to keep them safe.
  • We make sure women have a safe place to sit at court, and help them get the best outcome for their situation.
  • We support women at the following local courts on designated ADVO list days:

                         Ballina     

                         Byron Bay                              

                         Murwillumbah

                         Tweed Heads

                         Casino    

                         Kyogle                                         

                         Lismore

 

How can you contact us?

Phone us on 02 6621 1044 or 1300 720 606, from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at nrwdvcas@northernriversclc.org.au

In an emergency, contact the police on 000 or the Domestic Violence Helpline on 1800 656 463 (NSW) OR 1800 811 811 (Qld).

The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, staff and management acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation. We pay respect to their cultures, and acknowledge the strong and continuing connection to their land, sea and waterways.

Bundjalung Country; always was, always will be.