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We are a not-for-profit community legal centre who provide free socio-legal services to WA women. Our service improves women’s lives through specialist legal representation, support and advocacy. Our services are available to all women who have been adversely impacted by gendered violence.

We do this by providing high quality socio-legal assistance that supports the safety of women and assists with access to entitlements. Our service is trauma informed and culturally secure. Our services are available to all persons who identify as women.

With limited appointments available, we target our services to women who have the greatest need and who may experience additional barriers in accessing support and justice. That can mean women who:

  • have no or very low income
  • have limited access to other legal services, such as those in remote regions, those not eligible to access other services (including Legal Aid), or where their local community legal centre is unable to assist
  • are experiencing or overcoming family violence, or the trauma it creates
  • live with a disability
  • are homeless
  • are in prison or remand
  • are from a multicultural background, particularly if English is a second language
  • are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • are experiencing discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

Where we cannot help, we will endeavour to make a referral to another service who might be able to.

The latest news & insights

New report reveals how Australia’s child support system facilitates economic abuse of women

13 May 2024 News

Media release / Sunday 5 May 2024 National peak body Women’s Legal Services Australia released their research report into the non-payment of child support as a form of economic abuse of Australian women. The non-payment of child support is a deeply gendered issue and remains an unrecognised form of economic abuse by many Australian Government agencies and financial institutions. The …

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New report reveals how Australia’s child support system facilitates economic abuse of women – WLSA

6 May 2024 News

Women’s Legal Service Australia have released our literature review on the non-payment and underpayment of child support as economic abuse against women and children. The literature reveals extensive evidence of the way fathers are using child support as a weapon to perpetrate ongoing gendered violence against mothers. Urgent reforms are needed to ensure fathers cannot continue to avoid paying child …

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