Legal Aid Available for those experiencing domestic violence

During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Legal Aid Queensland has reminded Queenslanders about the range of legal help it offers to people experiencing domestic and family violence.

Legal Aid Queensland domestic violence lawyer Fionna Fairbrother said the organisation helped people experiencing violence to understand and protect their legal rights.

“If someone is experiencing domestic violence they can call us on 1300 65 11 88 to get information about their legal rights so they can better understand their options,” Ms Fairbrother said.

“Safety is our number one priority for people experiencing domestic violence. Everyone’s situation is different, so our domestic violence prevention workers talk to women to help them plan for and protect their personal and family safety.

Ms Fairbrother said Legal Aid Queensland took a holistic approach to client support to make sure people experiencing domestic violence could access all the support services they need.

“We regularly refer people to counselling, women’s shelters, health services, financial counselling and other community support or government services as required,” she said.

“If a woman decides to apply for a protection order our domestic violence protection workers will explain the court process and can help her to complete a protection order application.

“When it’s time to go to court, both parties can access our Domestic and Family Violence Duty Lawyer Service which is now available in 15 locations across Queensland.”

The duty lawyer provides free legal advice to people applying for and responding to protection order applications who need to appear in court that day. Staff will talk about their ongoing eligibility for legal aid if needed.

“Brisbane Magistrates Court is one of the busiest courts dealing with domestic violence matters so we base domestic violence prevention workers at this court to give free, confidential help to women who need to appear in court that day for their domestic violence matter,” Ms Fairbrother said.

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88, visit one of our 14 offices across Queensland, or visit our website www.legalaid.qld.gov.au to get free information and publications about your legal rights and how to get legal help.