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Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

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What is the Scheme?

A free service to assist women access the justice system to protect them from domestic violence in Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Tamworth and Walcha.

What service do we provide?

Talk with women about their options:

  • Ensure that women have legal representation in court if they want it
  • Advocate for women to ensure that the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (AVO) meets their needs
  • Go with women to court and support them through the process
  • Refer women to services which can assist them, such as housing, Centrelink and counselling

What is an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order?

An AVO is a court order enforceable by the police to protect a person’s that has been or is experiencing domestic violence

How can you apply for an AVO?

AVO’s are applied for through the Police or the Registrar at your local court.

You can:

  • Contact the Court and make a time to see the Registrar
  • Contact the Police
  • Ring the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a range of abusive behaviours perpetrated by one person against another.

Domestic Violence includes:

  • Physical Abuse: eg. hitting, throwing objects, pulling hair
  • Verbal Abuse: eg. name calling, constant criticism, shouting
  • Sexual Abuse: eg. forcing her to take part in or witness sexual acts in which she does not want to
  • Financial Abuse: eg not allowing her to access money or other resources
  • Social Abuse: eg isolation from her family and friends
  • Emotional / Mental Abuse: eg put downs, making her think she is crazy, playing mind games, making threats

Ask for help – you have a right to a life free from violence!!

How can Domestic Violence affect women?

In many different ways; some of these may be:

  • Constant fear and feeling ‘on edge’
  • Losing belief in yourself and who you are
  • Feeling isolated and alone (even when you are with others)
  • Thinking you are crazy or mad
  • Physical pain and injuries
  • Feeling sick a lot
  • Using alcohol and/or drugs to excess

How can Domestic Violence affect children and young people?

Children (even very small babies) are affected. There are many different effects including:

  • Fear
  • Believing it’s their fault
  • Doing poorly at school
  • Getting sick a lot
  • Withdrawn, very quiet and distant
  • Being aggressive
  • Using alcohol and/or drugs to excess

You may identify other things which affect you as a result of experiencing Domestic Violence.

It is every woman’s and child’s right to a life free of violence.

Office Hours Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm

Phone 1800 613 083

Fax 02 6763 2336

Email: wdvcas@tfss.com.au