Aboriginal Family Law Services (“AFLS”) is continuing to provide quality legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence in regional Western Australia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are committed to providing ongoing legal services to our clients and community members however the health and safety of our staff, clients and community remains our top priority.
During this time, we have taken steps to ensure our services can continue whilst minimising health risks. Employees who return to Western Australia from overseas or interstate and employees who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Any employee who is experiencing flu like symptoms will immediately self-isolate and seek medical direction. Staff are self-distancing within our offices and we ask clients to keep a distance of at least two (2) metres from others when attending our offices to minimise person-to-person contact.
We have implemented additional cleaning regimes within our offices to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and clients.
Although we are minimising our direct contact with each other, clients and community members, we are committed to providing ongoing legal services via telephone and email where possible. If you require assistance, please contact our offices by telephone and we can respond appropriately.
AFLS is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the heaelth and safety of our staff, clients and the community whilst maintaining our commitment to delivering quality legal services.
Any changes to our service will be made available through our website, Facebook page and by letters sent to our clients.
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We provide legal and support services for all Aboriginal people who have experienced family violence or sexual assault.
We can assist people with their family law matters when there are children involved. We represent clients in the Family Court WA, and help clients work out parenting agreements. We focus on what is best for the children.
We assist people dealing with the Department of Child Protection and Family Support in childcare and protection matters. We can help you to talk to the Department about children remaining safely in your care.
We help people who have been hurt by partners or family members. We can assist in applications for Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVROs) and will apply to the Court for an interim restraining order.
We provide non-legal support and case management in the form of community education and engagement, crisis intervention and client referrals. We can advocate for clients, and help in safety planning for families.
Our social workers provide culturally-safe and trauma-informed approaches. They help clients through the demands of their legal process, develop safety strategies, and build social and emotional wellbeing.
We encourage all Aboriginal people concerned about Family Violence to join our organisation. Our members are drawn from the six regions in which we operate, and also include Perth. You need to be at least 18 years of age to become a member.
Violence within Aboriginal communities against women, children and men has increased to alarming levels. The Ochre Ribbon Campaign highlights the need to stop this violence, and works to strengthen advances in prevention initiatives from other agencies and campaigns.