Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy & Family Advocacy Support Services
What we do
Coffs- Clarence Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) offers support, information, advocacy, safety planning and referrals for women and their children who have experienced domestic violence – as well as support through the court process in relation to ADVOs and related charges, in Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Maclean courts.
We also provide a Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS). This service provides support to women who are entering the Family Law system. The FASS worker will help you better understand your legal problem, the choices you have, connect you with appropriate legal and welfare services and continue to support you whilst your Family law matter is in court.
We provide information and support to women in relation to Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO’s) and domestic violence related charges. Staff provide support throughout the court process.
Women can be offered referral to specialist Domestic Violence support services for safety planning, assistance with housing or other welfare needs and applications for Victim’s of Crime counselling for herself and her children.
This helps women:
- have a voice in the legal and court process
- reduces the trauma associated with support and legal matters
- ensures women’s legal rights are upheld
- women are treated with respect and dignity
Who it’s for
“The police came to my house after my partner assaulted me. I was scared and confused about my next steps. They took an AVO out on my partner, and he had to leave. They told me that a DV service would give me a call. When they did, I was finally able to speak with someone to help me work out what I wanted. They listened to me, believed me and helped me talk to the police about what had been happening. They were also able to link me with other supports. When it came time to go to court, they were right by my side every step of the way. The process was long and hard, but knowing I had their support made me feel strong and that my voice was finally being heard….”