Aboriginal Women`s Legal Service
You have the right to honest, ethical and professional legal service at all times and treated with respect and understanding. Sometimes we are not able to help you with legal advice or opening an ongoing case, as this is called a “conflict of interest”. We warmly invite Indigenous women who are experiencing domestic violence or who are not safe due to their previous experiences to call us to find out how we can offer support. Read our brochure to learn more about our support services and your rights at Djirra. Our legal team is required by law to avoid real and perceived conflicts of interest between those seeking our help and former clients, Djirra employees, volunteers or board members. FNWLSQ provides legal advice, case work including court representation, community legal education and outreach clinics, as well as CLE workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Townsville and rural and remote areas of Northern Queensland. You have the right to file a complaint through the Service and have that complaint dealt with appropriately. Free and confidential telephone legal information service We help you with punctual legal advice as well as the opening of ongoing files. Unique legal advice allows people to think about options before going any further. Ongoing legal representation means that we open a case and work with individuals over a longer period of time, including representation in court.
We operate in the following areas of law: We do not provide support to perpetrators of domestic violence or sexual assault. We can refer abusers to support services to help them. The Aboriginal Domestic Violence Legal Service is a program of Djirra. Our legal team assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with legal and non-legal assistance. We are customer-oriented and have a positive, professional and non-judgmental approach to our work. If our legal team is unable to help you, we will refer you to another department that can. We can also put you in touch with our community engagement team for any other non-legal support we can offer you. When you contact us, speak to a paralegal representative who will ask for personal information and check our system to make sure our lawyers can help you. To ensure that we can provide you with the best legal support, it helps us if you can: you have the right to a culturally safe and accessible, clear and timely service and information. The FNWLSQ supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women or non-Aboriginal women whose children identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (their legal case must relate directly to children). This rule applies to all lawyers and legal services in Australia and the Aboriginal Domestic Violence Legal Service must comply with it. If a real or perceived conflict of interest arises, the Aboriginal Domestic Violence Legal Service may not be able to provide you with legal assistance.
If you would like more information about the services, your rights and how to file a complaint, read our brochure “My Rights”. The Djirra Individual Support Service (ISS) provides personal, emotional, cultural and practical support to Indigenous women and their children who are facing or have experienced domestic violence in the past and who are still not safe. The service aims to empower Indigenous women and their children to lead strong, safe, independent and positive lives free from domestic violence. Women`s Legal Service (SA) respectfully recognizes the traditional guardians of the countries and seas of South Australia where we come together and provide services to the community. It is a privilege to work with the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we respect their culture, traditions and history and believe that working together is a path to reconciliation. We applaud the contributions of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people who have worked tirelessly to identify and dismantle barriers to access to the legal system for women and children in this country where we all live and share together. “We recognise that the Kaurna are the landowners and guardians of the Adelaide Plains. Use this quick eligibility check to see if we can help you resolve your current issue Djirra`s Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Department works with Aboriginal people who are experiencing or have been victims of domestic violence. We also help non-Aboriginal people who are experiencing family violence and who are parents of Aboriginal children.
Find out what the centre does and how you can get help FNWLSQ can give telephone advice south of Sarina, north of the Torres Strait, west to the Northern Territory border and east of Palm Island. Legal representation can only take place in Townsville, Palm Island and Charters Towers. If you need help, please call our advice and reception service on 02 6257 4377 or ask for online help via the link below. Violence against women, children and men in indigenous communities has reached alarming levels. The Ochre Ribbon campaign highlights the need to end this violence and works to strengthen the progress made in prevention initiatives by other agencies and campaigns. Ngadlu tampinthi Kaurna miyurna yarta mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. You can find more information on the areas of law in which we can help you in our factsheets. Contact with locations in the metropolis of Adelaide, in rural, regional and remote areas of South Australia We encourage all Aboriginal people concerned about domestic violence to join our organisation. Our members come from the six regions in which we operate and also include Perth. You must be at least 18 years old to become a member.
The Women`s Centre – 50 Patrick Street, Aitkenvale Community Gro (Upper Ross Community Centre) – 1/43 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen Palm Island – Women`s Centre, Mango Avenue, Palm Island Prospect Community Centre – 3 Powell Lane, Charters Towers NQDVRS – Level 1, 390 Flinders Street, Townsville City “Thank you AFLS for your presentation to our healthcare team. We continue to use your valuable resources and look forward to continuing to work with you. All newly scheduled appointments will be made by phone. Court appearance was also affected. If you are currently represented in court by our office, FNWLSQ will contact you if there are any changes regarding upcoming hearing dates or if you need to appear. Contact the Centre by phone (07 4721 6007) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org FNWLSQ cannot help organizations, men or women who do not identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (exception see above).