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We are a not for profit specialist community legal centre

Who we are and how we work

We are an accredited not-for-profit community legal centre, providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women who are financially disadvantaged, prioritising women experiencing family and domestic violence.

In 2018 our name changed from Women’s Law Centre of WA to Women’s Legal Service WA to better reflect what we do. However, our purpose has always remained the same. Since beginning operation in 1997 we have been WA’s only specialist community legal centre for women.

In addition to poverty and family violence, WLSWA clients live with multiple vulnerabilities and complex unmet needs that creates other barriers to accessing justice. Our socio-legal assistance is tailored to ensure continuity in support and mitigate re-traumatising clients.

WLSWA provides free legal assistance in the areas of family violence, family law and protection and care. Services include a combination of legal information/advice, tasks, and ongoing casework and representation.

WLSWA also provides specialist support to clients with Criminal Injuries Compensation claims that have resulted from family violence and/or sexual assault, assisting them to obtain their entitlements.

WLSWA aims to empower women to make informed legal choices and participate fully in legal processes that greatly impact them and their children.

WLSWA also advocates for women’s human rights to be upheld and fosters social change through strategic activities, including education and policy reform.

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.

Through the above and our collaboration with like-minded service providers and networks, 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

Watch our promotional video which explains more about Women’s Legal Service WA and why we are here to help WA women. 

The latest news & insights

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4 July 2024 News

The Albanese Government funds Working Women’s Centres across the country. Working Women’s Centres (WWC) have been funded in every state and territory to assist women who are experiencing sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace issues. The Albanese Government has funded established centres (South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory) and women’s legal centres, community legal centres, unions and workers’ compensation services …

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