Women Affected by Natural Disasters


In response to the 2020 bushfire crisis and the following floods, we compiled some information to help women who have been affected by natural disasters.

These resources are useful following the 2022 floods.



We have a factsheet with information about family law parenting issues and child support if you are you are affected by a natural disaster. It will explain your legal rights and options. It also has the contact details of organisations that can help you. 

Download the factsheet

We have a factsheet which provides information if you have an AVO for your protection and you are affected by a natural disaster. It has information about AVO issues and will explain your legal rights and options. The factsheet also provides a comprehensive list of organisations that may be able to help you.

Download the factsheet



Our community worker training program Ask LOIS broadcast a webinar on this topic last March.

You can watch it HERE

Download the accompanying fact sheet HERE



Some specific services that can help you.

Domestic Violence Legal Service at Women’s Legal Service NSW
Tel: 8745 6999 or 1800 810 784

Tel: 1300 888 529 between 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Community legal centres NSW
There are community legal centres across NSW. Listed below are the legal centres located in
areas where fires and floods have recently occurred. You can find your closest legal centre here.

  • Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre
    Office in Nowra, with outreach services to Eden and Ulladulla.
    Phone: 1800 229 529
  • Illawarra Legal Centre
    Office in Moruya (near Bateman’s Bay), with financial counselling and tenancy services
    available for people from the Illawarra down to the Victorian border.
    Phone: 4276 1939
  • Mid North Coast Legal Centre
    Offices in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.
    Phone: 6580 2111
  • Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre
    Office in Katoomba, with outreach services to Bathurst and Lithgow.
    Phone: 1300 363 967
  • Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
    Office in Lismore, with outreach services to Casino, Grafton, Kyogle, Tweed Heads,
    Murwillumbah, and Pottsville.
    Phone: 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889


Legal Aid Disaster Response Legal Service NSW
Tel: 1800 801 529

Lifeline Bushfire Recovery Helpline
Tel: 13 43 57

NSW Council of Social Service – Bushfire Relief Assistance Resources

Communities and Justice – Bushfire Housing Assistance Service
Tel: 1800 018 444,


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