Domestic Violence

What is this service?

Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Scheme operates at the Downing Centre, Newtown and Waverley local courts to assist women and children victims of domestic violence to obtain effective legal protection from violence.

Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service (Sydney WDVCAS) works closely with police, court staff and legal practitioners to ensure appropriate Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) are made that best suit the client's situation. 

Sydney WDVCAS can also assist clients to access other services (for example, services offering financial assistance and advice, housing, health and counseling services).

Sydney WDVCAS has an Aboriginal Specialist Worker and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Specialist Worker.

The Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service will be run by South West Sydney Legal Service from 1 November 2018.
Click here for an announcement about this service.

Safer Pathway: Waverley Local Coordination Point

How to access this service

  • Call Sydney WDVCAS on (02) 9287 7505 or 0447 174 698 (9:00am - 4:30pm) or
  • Call South West Sydney Legal Service on (02) 9601 7777
  • Visit Sydney WDVCAS at Downing Centre Local Court, Level 4 (next to the window) Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Speak to Sydney WDVCAS workers at:

  • Newtown Local Court on Mondays from 9:00am
  • Waverley Local Court on Thursdays from 9:00am

If you need an interpreter, call us using the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.

More information

If our service does not attend the court you are going to see here for a list of other Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service locations in NSW.

Useful numbers

Domestic Violence Help Line (24 hour service) 1800 200 526

NSW Women's Refuge Resource Centre 1800 656 463

For women escaping domestic violence who need refuge accommodation.

Family Relationships Advice Line 1800 050 131

Provides assistance to families affected by relationship and separation issues.

Weave Women and Children's Centre (02) 9319 3207

Staying Home Leaving Violence, as well as providing support for women with children 0-5 years old.

St Vincent's Community Health DV Counselling (02) 8382 1988

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