Un­der­stand le­gal rights in DV sit­u­a­tions

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

LE­GAL Aid Queens­land do­mes­tic vi­o­lence lawyer Fionna Fair­brother said the or­gan­i­sa­tion helped peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence to 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.”

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.

Any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can phone Le­gal Aid Queens­land on 1300 65 11 88, visit one of the 14 of­fices across Queens­land, or visit legalaid.qld.gov.au.

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