Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

A critical service being delivered by Victim Support Service (VSS) directly assists victims of family and domestic abuse to navigate legal matters regarding Intervention Orders and tenancy disputes.

Lawyers provide legal advice and represent women who need to apply for a private Intervention Order, vary a confirmed Order or terminate a tenancy agreement.

The service is statewide, and operates from the VSS network of metro and regional service centres. The WDVCAS team is located at the VSS office in Adelaide, next to the Court precinct, and provides outreach into the existing VSS regional offices when required.

Women can access the service from anywhere in South Australia by calling the Victim Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or via the WDVCAS Referral Form.

or print and fax: 8231 5458
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Services

Intervention Orders 

  • Providing legal advice on all aspects of applying for Intervention Orders, Intervention Order variations and revocation of Intervention Orders.

  • Assisting women by preparing Intervention Order application forms and Affidavits, and obtaining additional evidence to support the application.

  • Advocating for court filing fees to be waived where appropriate.

  • Representing women in the Magistrates Court during the application process.

  • Supporting women to report breaches of Intervention Orders to SAPOL. 

Tenancy Disputes

  • Liaising with real estate agents and landlords.
  • Assisting women to terminate a lease agreement or have it transferred to their sole name, pursuant to recent domestic abuse provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act.
  • Preparing SACAT applications and representing women at Tribunal hearings.

Partnerships

  • Facilitating access to legal advice and representation for women who are dealing with complex legal matters.

  • Working closely with Police Prosecutions and Family Violence Units, women’s Domestic and Family Violence services, migration services and legal practitioners.

  • Developing linkages with the Family Safety Framework and with the Family Court of Australia.

Education

  • Education about Intervention Orders to staff within Domestic Violence and Legal Systems in South Australia through information sessions, participation in reference groups and consultation.

Our Reach

The WDVCAS operates on a statewide basis at no cost to clients. VSS Regional staff can arrange a video-link via the VSS video conferencing system to connect regional clients to the legal team in Adelaide from VSS service centres in Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Berri, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

For further information and referrals call the Victim Helpdesk on 1800VICTIM (1800 842846).

Enquiries

Call the Victim Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or email wdvcas@victimsa.org.

Liability Limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

 

1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846)

1800 842 846

Port Lincoln (Lower Eyre), Whyalla (Upper Eyre), Port Augusta (Far North), Port Pirie (Yorke & Mid North), Berri (Riverland), Murray Bridge (Murraylands), Mount Gambier (Limestone Coast)