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:

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.

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IWLP Outreach Clinics

IWLP-imageWLS 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.

Our Dream…

Cover of Our DreamThis 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

Roy-Com-bethcar-1-croppedWomen’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

10 Things You Need to Know CoverIn 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

IWLP-2Using a community development approach, WLS is building the capacity of Aboriginal women to advocate for law and policy reform.

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.

Cyber Bullying

Screenshot of Think B4 U Click video on cyber bullyingThink B4U Click is an online resource developed by the Indigenous Women’s Legal Program as part of the Cyber Bullying Project.


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