NOTE: Men affected by DV can be referred to:
- Any service which is not identified as a women’s service
- Mensline Australia 1300 789 978.
WHAT ARE HER NEEDS – WHAT ASSISTANCE DOES SHE WANT?
- Ask why she has come to your agency
- Listen and hear what she wants you to do for her
- Do not assume you know what she needs. Many women choose at this time to stay in the relationship and it is important to explore the practical and safety options in doing so.
WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING TO HER?
- Does she feel safe?
- Is she or her children in immediate danger?
- Has she been physically or sexually assaulted?
- Does she need medical attention?
- This leads to questions about legal protection, the need for safe accommodation, financial support and follow on support.
GETTING SAFETY AND PROTECTION
Women and children have the right to live safely and free of fear in their own homes. Police can make an application on their behalf for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) to protect them from future threats and/or violence. An ADVO is an order made by the court to protect people from future harm. The ADVO restricts the behaviour of the person they fear. This order can include an Exclusion Order which prohibits the abusive person from returning to the home. An ADVO is not a criminal charge unless the violent person breaches the order.
Ask if the police have already been involved.
If the answer is YES,
- Did the police apply for an ADVO?
- Did the police make a charge for assault?
If the answer is NO,
- Do they want the police to provide ADVO protection for them?
For assistance with applying for an ADVO refer her to the Police. In an emergency call 000 or attend a police station.
Provide support and assistance to victims and care at the scene. They assist with charges and at court, they attend to all victims of serious crime, transport the injured to hospital or by ambulance and charge perpetrators. Police can initiate applications for an ADVO or a provisional order can be applied for if you need urgent protection.
The following stations are open 24/7:
Forster(02) 6555 1299
Taree(02) 6552 0399
Mid North Coast Police
Kempsey(02) 6561 6199
Port Macquarie(02) 6583 0199
Coffs Clarence Police
Coffs Harbour(02) 6652 0299
Grafton(02) 6642 0222
Lismore(02) 6626 0599
Ballina(02) 6681 8699
Byron Bay(02) 6685 9499
Tweed Heads(07) 5536 0999
Community Partnerships Against Domestic and Family Violence - a police partnership model (DV support rooms)
Liberty Cottage (main office)
Port Macquarie, Taree and Kempsey
(02) 6584 9102
Kempsey(02) 6561 6199
Taree Police Station(02) 6552 0386
Domestic Violence Outreach Service
Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads
Women and Their Children’s Intervention Team- Coffs Harbour
0429 312 436
Alternatively a woman can apply for a private ADVO through the local Court:
Court - The Registrar provides legal assistance in court related matters, takes applications to court for ADVOs and Family Law matters.
Ballina Court(02) 6681 2200
Bellingen Court(02) 6655 1033
Byron Bay Court(02) 6685 6585
Coffs Harbour Court(02) 6662 1099
Forster Court(02) 6554 6951
Gloucester Court(02) 6558 1125
Grafton Court(02) 6643 1325
Kempsey Court(02) 6562 5095
Kyogle Court(02) 6632 1207
Lismore Court(02) 6623 3633
Macksville Court(02) 6568 1519
Maclean Court(02) 6645 2049
Mullumbimby Court(02) 6684 2028
Murwillumbah Court(02) 6672 5677
Port Macquarie Court(02) 6586 2400
Taree Court(02) 6552 5599
Tweed Heads Court(07) 5536 7576
Wauchope Court(02) 6585 3118
TTY1800 880 889
For support at Court refer to the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services:1300 888 529
Court assistance in a safe and private support room at the court house. Staff explain what happens in court, court procedures, give personal and emotional support to women attending court. They provide information and referral to other services that can assist with counselling, accommodation and support.
Mid North Coast
Port Macquarie and Wauchope(02) 6584 0053 0419 938 227
Taree, Forster, Gloucester(02) 6555 2042 0419 938 241
Kempsey, Macksville, Bellingen, Coffs Habour, Grafton(02) 6621 0302 or 1800 174 466 Freecall
Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Kyogle(02) 02 6621 1044 or 1300 720 606