Indigenous Women’s Legal Program
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About the Indigenous Women’s Legal Program
The aim of the Indigenous Women’s Legal Program is to provide services that best meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The program was developed in 1995, in consultation with Aboriginal women.
The Indigenous Women’s Legal Program is staffed by Aboriginal women and offers free services including:
- Free legal advice via the Indigenous Women’s Legal Contact Line
- Assistance in finding a lawyer
- Training and community workshops across NSW
- Resources and information about the law
- Face-to-face advice from solicitors through IWLP Outreach Clinics
WLS NSW receives valuable feedback from the Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Group, to ensure that all services are delivered in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner.
IWLP Outreach Clinics
WLS provides free legal advice for Aboriginal women on family law issues at legal advice clinics in Blackett, Blacktown, Mt Druitt and Campbelltown. To find out more, including dates and times of the advice clinics please visit IWLP Outreach Clinics.
This information booklet is about domestic violence and the law in NSW. It is designed primarily for Aboriginal women but may also be a useful resource for non-Aboriginal service providers. Read More
Royal Commission hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home
Women’s Legal Service NSW represented 13 Indigenous women, who had suffered sexual abuse while in care at the Bethcar Children’s Home, in civil proceedings against the State of New South Wales. After more than 5 years, the case was settled and the women received compensation and an apology.
Some of the women told their story to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. WLS Principal Solicitor Janet Loughman also gave evidence our experience of the course of the litigation. Read more about the Bethcar hearing
Aboriginal Care Matters Project
In consultation with Aboriginal women, IWLP have produced a booklet called 10 things you need to know when DoCS/FaCS removes your child. See Publications to download or order a copy of the booklet.
The booklet was developed alongside legal workshops delivered to Aboriginal women and service providers in 2013. The primary goal of this project was to empower Aboriginal women who are dealing with community services and to increase their understanding of child protection issues.
Human Rights and Advocacy
Following community consultations, IWLP and local women worked with a film crew to document the project and develop a resource for the community to lobby for change and improvement. Visit the Human Rights and Advocacy project page to find out more and to see the films.