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Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (CAS)

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

Suite 15 'The Piazza'46-52 Baylis Street

PO Box 2154

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Phone: (02) 6921 6227

Fax: (02) 6921 6233

Email:

When does this service operate?

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

WDVCAS is available at the Wagga Court on 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.

Costs - Nil.

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 court on Tuesdays.

Appointments can also be made by dropping into the CAS/Family Support Office upstairs in 'The Piazza' (2 doors down from Medicare), Suite 15, 46-52 Baylis Street.

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 vast majority of victims of domestic violence are women and children.
  • Violence against women and children is a crime.
  • All women and children have the right to feel safe and live free form violence regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexuality and cultural, economic or political background.
  • All women and children have the right to an accessible legal system in response to act of domestic violence.
  • All women and children have the right to be fully informed about all aspects of the court process including their options in relation to domestic violence matters.
  • All women and children have the right to make their own decisions and be respected and supported in their life choices.

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

  • Have improved access to and an understanding of the ADVO and criminal justice process;
  • Are able to obtain effective legal protection through an ADVO;
  • Are able to obtain appropriate ADVOs designed to fit their specific needs;
  • Are provided with effective legal representation;
  • Have access to a support system that can assist them with their other legal and social welfare needs (inc family law, credit/debt, housing, financial assistance); and
  • Outcomes of court processes relating to their experiences of domestic violence are improved, for example, appropriate final orders are made as expeditiously as possible; charges and ADVO applications against them are dismissed.

Useful Contact Numbers

Police 000

Emergency 000

Ambulance 000

Women’s Refuge 6921 8211

Court Advocacy Scheme 6921 6227

Wagga Family Support 6921 7544

Women’s Health Centre 6921 3333

Aboriginal Legal Service 6921 9230

Legal Aid 6921 6588

Court House 6922 0900

Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 656 463

Sisters Housing Inc. 6921 6793

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