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We are a not for profit community legal centre who provide free legal services to WA women.

Who we help

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
  • have 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.

What we help with

We do not deal with all kinds of legal matters.

Our main areas of practice are:

  • family law (parenting related matters, divorce and some property settlement matters;
  • family violence (identifying and responding to family violence and restraining order matters);
  • protection and care (matters involving the Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support Division);
  • criminal injuries compensation (where it relates to family violence, assault or sexual assault).

Where we cannot help and if possible, we will make a referral to another service(s) who might be able to.

Our Client Services Officers can also provide general legal information (not legal advice) or direct people to where they can find such information, such as on our Resources page.

The latest news & insights

Tania Cecconi Chair of WLSWA Board

21 November 2022 News

Women’s Legal Service is excited to announce the appointment of Tania Cecconi as Chair of the WSLWA Board. Tania brings a wealth of experience, insights and ideas to this role. She has worked across the public and not for profit sectors, specialising in education, training and employment. She is motivated by improving the workforce participation of vulnerable groups in society, …

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Media Release

28 October 2022 News

With our peers in other jurisdictions, we welcome the Albanese Government’s Federal Budget and Women’s Budget Statement, which promotes the imperative of progressing gender equality and ending violence against women and their children. See the media release from the Women’s Legal Service Australian network here Media Release

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