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Domestic Violence Advocacy Service

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) is a free and confidential legal service for women in NSW who are experiencing domestic violence.

DVAS Training and Resource Unit

The DVAS Training and Resource Unit (TRU) provides training and resources to Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme (WDVCAS) workers, who in turn provide support and referral services to women taking court action to stop domestic violence.

TRU has been based at DVAS since 1996. If you are a WDVCAS worker, and you would like to access the TRU resources, you must subscribe first.

This website was made possible with funding from the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

Women’s Legal Resource CentreThe Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WLRC) is our sister organisation. DVAS and WLRC are managed by Women’s Legal Resources Ltd.

About Us

DVAS is a specialist legal service for women in NSW who are experiencing domestic violence. Our main objective is to inform women of their legal rights and their right to access the services that are available.

DVAS achieves this objective by providing services that fall into four broad categories:

  • Casework, legal advice and advocacy
  • Education and training
  • Committees and consultations
  • Policy development and law reform
  • DVAS is the only dedicated legal service of its kind in Australia, and consequently acts as a peak body in the area of domestic violence.

DVAS was established in 1986 when the Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WLRC) identified the need for a Community Legal Centre to solely assist women experiencing domestic violence.

DVAS’s core work is funded by the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales (LAC). DVAS is accountable to LAC NSW and the management committee of Women’s Legal Resources Limited (WLR Ltd).

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