Violence and the law: Where do I find support?

There is a range of organisations that offer support to women navigating the legal system for a sexual assault, domestic or family violence matter. On this page you will find links to information, resources and support in each state and territory.


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There are a number of ways you may come into contact with the legal system when you have experienced sexual assault, domestic or family violence. The links on this page connect you with organisations that provide legal information, resources and support wherever you are in Australia, free of charge. For support in your area with sexual assault, domestic or family violence and many other legal matters choose your state or territory from the drop down menu. Here you will also find information on Magistrates' or Local Courts, which handle protection order applications. For criminal matters, including sexual assault, or matters involving children you would need to attend a different court.

In addition to the legal services listed, sexual assault support or counselling services can provide information and support for victims of rape or sexual assault. This may include how to report the crime to police, have a Forensic Medical Examination and how to access emergency contraception. They may also be able to provide ongoing counselling as well as support when reporting to police or being a witness in court. It is best to contact the nearest centre to you to find out what services they can offer.

The Services & support map and ATSI services map provide links to support and counselling services in your area. For information on protection orders in each state and territory see What is a protection order?

Connecting to support services

In case of immediate danger call 000 for police assistance. 

To make emergency calls using TTY dial 133 667 or find out more here.

For information, referral and counselling contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


National Organisations

  • Find a local Women’s Legal Service
    Free advice and casework
  • Find a local Community Legal Centre
    Free legal referral and assistance
  • Find a local Legal Aid commission
    Advice, duty lawyers and referral
  • Legal support for Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander community
 
  • Court Network Victoria
  • Court Network Victoria
  • Video - Steps to Safety (Intervention Order process in Victoria)
  • Video - Steps to Safety (Intervention Order process in Victoria)
  • Find a Community Legal Centre and legal help at courts
  • Find a Community Legal Centre and legal help at courts
  • Victoria Police: Reporting Crime
  • Victoria Police: Reporting Crime
  • Indigenous Women's Legal Program
  • Indigenous Women's Legal Program
  • Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
  • Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
  • Court Network Queensland
  • Court Network Queensland
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service North Queensland
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service North Queensland
  • Victim Support Unit
  • Victim Support Unit
  • Legal Toolkit
  • Legal Toolkit
  • Digital book: Separation
  • Digital book: Separation
  • Videos - Representing yourself in Court
  • Videos - Representing yourself in Court
  • Northern Territory Magistrates Courts
  • Northern Territory Magistrates Courts
  • Witness assistance service
  • Witness assistance service
  • Domestic Violence Legal Service
  • Domestic Violence Legal Service
  • PDF - Step Forward - Information on sexual assault reporting and court process
  • PDF - Step Forward - Information on sexual assault reporting and court process
  • PDF - Domestic Violence Orders - Information for people in need of protection
  • PDF - Domestic Violence Orders - Information for people in need of protection
  • Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
  • Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
  • Women’s Legal Centre ACT
  • Women’s Legal Centre ACT
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Access to Justice Program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Access to Justice Program
  • Video - What's the Law? Family Violence
  • Video - What's the Law? Family Violence

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