Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and Family Violence

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WE CAN HELP - call 6207 1874 or 1300 654 314 for an appointment.

Legal Aid ACT helps all members of the ACT community who have concerns about their safety. We have specialist domestic and family violence lawyers who are available to provide you with free legal help every day of the week at the ACT Magistrates Court, regardless of how much you earn or what property you own.

Our services include:

For further information about Domestic Violence and Personal Protection Orders see our brochure.

For ongoing legal assistance and representation see our brochure on applying for Legal Aid.

Domestic Violence and Personal Protection Orders Unit.
Location: ACT Magistrates Court
Address: 4 Knowles Pl, Canberra
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Phone: (02) 6207 1874 or 1300 654 314


If you are unsafe call the Police on 000 for emergency help.

Legal Aid ACT
Legal Aid also assists people with family law, criminal law and civil law matters.
Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Free Helpline: 1300 654 314
General Enquiries: 02 6243 3411
Address: 2 Allsop Street Canberra or GPO Box 512 Canberra 2601

Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region
The Women's Legal Centre provides legal assistance to women. The Centre's main areas of practice are family law, victims of crime, employment and discrimination.
Hours: 9.30am to 12.00 noon, Monday to Friday
Phone advice line: from Canberra: (02) 6257 4499, from outside Canberra: 1800 634 669

Domestic Violence Crisis Service
DVCS supports all people affected by domestic/family violence. This includes people who are subjected to violence and abuse and people who use violence and abuse.
Hours: 7 days / 24 hours service
Phone: (02) 6280 0900

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
Confidential counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently or in the past.
Hours: 7am to 11pm Monday to Friday
Phone: (02) 6247 2525

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 372)
National Counselling helpline and information and support 24/7

Victim Support ACT
Anyone who is a victim of a crime committed in the ACT is eligible for some support or information from Victim Support ACT.
Phone: 1800 8222 72 or (02) 6205 2066

Family Court
Nigel Bowen Commonwealth law Courts, Cnr University Ave & Childers Street Canberra
Opening hours: 8.45am to 4.30pm
Phone hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Phone: 1300 352 000