On the 28 February 2022, the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre was impacted by the 2022 Eastern Australia floods. A number of our documents were water-damaged, destroyed or lost. We are currently investigating the extent of the damage and identifying any salvageable documents. There is no evidence at this time that any client's personal information has been accessed. The incident has been reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

If you have any concerns regarding your personal information and suspect any fraudulent or unusual activity involving your personal information, please contact these agencies as soon as possible:

Service NSW: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/report-scam-or-cybercrimeAustralian Cyber Security Centre: https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/individuals-and-familiesScamwatch: https://ww.scamwatch.gov.au

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused our clients and their families. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at legal@northernriversclc.org.au or by emailing or calling us at (02) 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889.

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Domestic & Family Violence

The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service is a free, local service that supports women and children who are experiencing family violence or domestic violence. We have a specialist worker to help Aboriginal women, and we also help women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Phone us on 02 6621 1044 or 1300 720 606, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or
email us at nrwdvcas@northernriversclc.org.au

In an emergency, contact 000 or the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 (NSW) OR
DV Connect Women's Line on 1800 811 811 (QLD)



For helpful information please also see the resources section below


Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Who are we?

 

We are a free, local service that supports women and children who have been subjected to domestic violence.

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

Northern Rivers WDVCAS 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 been subjected to domestic violence or family violence, and check on their physical and emotional well-being.

We identify women who are at high risk of being subjected to further domestic violence or family violence, and liaise with them regarding adding them to the agenda of Safety Action Meetings to optimise their safety.

These confidential, fortnightly meetings are attended by representatives from government and non-government agencies.

 


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 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at nrwdvcas@northernriversclc.org.au

In an emergency, contact the police on 000 or the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 (NSW) OR DV Connect Womens Line on 1800 811 811 (QLD)


Helpful resources


Statewide Services


Local Services


Mobile apps and phonelines

Empower You

NSW Sexual Violence Helpline 1800 424 017

Link2Home 1800 152 152