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We are a not for profit specialist community legal centre

Who we are

Women’s Legal Service WA is a not for profit community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage.

Our name has recently changed to better reflect what we do. However our purpose has always remained the same. Since beginning operation in 2002, we have been WA’s only specialist community legal centre for women.

We are funded to assist women facing disadvantage and focus on helping women who experience additional barriers in accessing legal services.  We provide legal knowledge and information to empower women to make informed legal choices.

Through our legal services and community education we raise awareness of legal issues affecting women, as well as educate women so they can make informed decisions about what is right for them and their families.

Additionally, we undertake policy development and law reform activities to ensure that the needs and rights or marginalised women are adequately acknowledged, represented and met.

Our main areas of practice are:

  • family law (divorce, children’s care arrangements and some property settlement and maintenance matters and other matters in the Family Court of WA)
  • family violence (restraining order proceedings in the Magistrate’s Courts)
  • care and protection of children (Children’s Court of WA matters and those involving Dept of Child Protection and Family Support)
  • criminal injury compensation (arising from family violence or sexual assault)

We work to promote a legal system that is safe, supportive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of all women in our community, particularly those who face disadvantage.

We believe that just and fair outcomes, as well as access to justice and support when needed, should not be dependent on gender.

Through our policy and law reform advocacy, through our collaboration with like-minded service providers and networks and through our community legal education, we work to highlight the systemic and entrenched cultural issues which unfairly impact on women.

Our mission

Educate women to know their legal rights

Support women in gaining equitable access to information, advice and advocacy

Assist women to achieve fair outcomes

Empower women to make informed legal choices

Our values

JUSTICE – We strive to achieve access to justice and just outcomes for women

EQUALITY – We promote gender equality and cultural diversity

INTEGRITY – We value and uphold honesty, professionalism and dedication

LEADERSHIP  – We drive policy and law reform to redress gender entrenched inequality

RESPECT  – We treat our clients and our colleagues with care and dignity

The latest news & insights

End of Year Office Closure

17 December 2018 News

Please note that Women’s Legal Service WA will be closed from 1pm Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 9am Wednesday 2 January 2019 If you need assistance during this time, you can contact: Legal Aid WA Infoline – on 1300 650 579 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (including for referral to a women’s …

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2017-2018 Annual Report

28 November 2018 News

At its annual general meeting on Thursday 15 November, WLCWA launched is annual report for the 2017-2018 year.  This report showcases the outstanding work carried out during the preceding year by the dedicated staff and volunteers of WLCWA. WLCWA Annual Report 2017-18

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