Indigenous Women’s Legal Program
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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.
WLS provides free legal advice for Aboriginal women on family law issues at legal advice clinics in Blackett, Emerton, Campbelltown and Mt Druitt . To find out more, including dates and times of the advice clinics please visit IWLP Outreach Clinics.
This project was designed to promote respectful relationships for Aboriginal girls and boys in secondary schools throughout NSW. The project involves visiting schools as a way of enhancing students’ understanding about what behaviour is unacceptable, and what can be done to respond to forms of unacceptable behaviour. Read more
This resource is designed to help women and families deal with the government services in charge of keeping children safe. The main department with this job is called Family and Community Services, or ‘FaCS’ for short. They used to be called DoCS (Department of Community Services) but their name changed in 2011. Read more
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
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
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.