The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) provide women and their children with information, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. We provide referrals to services including housing, counselling, legal, financial assistance or health services.
Through our service, we 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.
Central West WDVCAS – We work from Orange, Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Lake Cargelligo, Oberon, Peak Hill, Blayney and Condobolin courts on ADVO list day. We can also support you at your hearing.
Western WDVCAS – We work at Dubbo, Narromine, Gilgandra, Warren, Coonabarabran, Wellington, Coonamble, Mudgee, Rylstone, Gulgong and Dunedoo courts on ADVO list 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. We also have specialist workers to help Aboriginal women, for culturally and linguistically diverse women, please us if you need interpreter services.
The Local Coordination Point is a coordinated service delivery model for domestic violence victims across NSW. When you report domestic and family violence to the police, an automatic referral is sent to our local coordination point. We will call you within 1 business day and work with you to help you stay safe. We will:
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