Women’s Legal Service
The Women’s Legal Service (SA) is a community legal centre that provides free legal assistance and support services to vulnerable women and their families throughout South Australia. The main office is located in Adelaide however Women’s Legal Service (SA) provides services to more than 13 locations across the metropolitan, rural, regional and remote South Australia.
Each year Women’s Legal Service (SA) provides free legal assistance to over 2,500 women. The services range from legal advice to legal representation. In addition, Women’s Legal Service provides a holistic support services by providing access to financial counselling and advocacy support services.
You will be joining a multidisciplinary team consisting of Solicitors, Financial Counsellors, Community Worker and the family Advocate role.
Women’s Legal Service (SA) is committed to supporting its staff and volunteers. There are many opportunities for professional development offered by the service to staff, and volunteers. You will also be supported in your role by access to professional supervision and our generous employee assistance program.
The Women’s Legal Service (SA), InDIGO program, provides wrap around legal and non-legal support to women experiencing domestic violence. Assistance will be provided to women and children through intensive case management and will be delivered and targeted to women with the greatest needs.
The InDIGO program is located in Christies Beach. The program includes outreach to services in multiple locations across the southern metropolitan region catchment area.
The specialist family advocate will be located at the office, but travel will be required to other locations in the southern outer metropolitan catchment area.
The objectives of the InDIGO Program are: -
- To provide legal advice, assistance and representation, to women experiencing or at risk of domestic violence in the Southern metropolitan catchment area.
- To provide holistic case management of women with complex needs to ensure both legal and non-legal needs are met.
- To attempt to reach women who may not readily come into contact with legal and non-legal services without assistance.
- To facilitate partnerships with service providers to create a network of assistance for women with complex needs.
- To minimise any barriers women, face in accessing legal and non-legal assistance.
- To educate women of their legal and social rights.
- To work with women with complex needs to minimise service gaps that they might face in other mainstream services.
InDIGO Principles of Practice
The principles of practice are:
- As a woman focused service, the InDIGO Program will work towards ending the disadvantaged position women are placed in navigating and accessing the legal system and non-legal services. We recognise that there are barriers women face while in and leaving violent relationships that are often reinforced by the structure of the legal system. We will strive to reduce these barriers and promote access to social justice.
- Women need a safe place to seek assistance, information and help. We will create and maintain a safe, sensitive, open and respectful environment for women. We recognise the individual and unique story of each woman’s experience of family violence.
- Legal needs are only one part of a women’s experience of domestic violence. We will provide a wrap-around service that recognises women have many facets to their lives whilst seeking protection and support.
- We will create and maintain a safe, respectful, participative and just environment for all staff who work for the InDIGO Program whether paid or unpaid.
- The InDIGO Program by working holistically as part of the broader movement to protect women from violence. For this reason, we value the contribution of other services can make to our development.
An Application Package is attached.