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Women's legal services

This page contains information on women's legal services in the Northern Territory.

TEWLS is a community legal service that provides free and culturally appropriate legal services for women in the greater Darwin region.

Services include:

  • legal advice and information
  • casework representation
  • community legal education
  • advocacy and policy submissions
  • referrals, as appropriate.

TEWLS can provide legal services in most family and civil law matters including:

  • family law including:
    • divorce
    • parenting
    • property matters
  • domestic and family violence
  • housing and tenancy
  • consumer law
  • debts, fines and welfare rights
  • housing and tenancy
  • sexual assault
  • discrimination
  • compensation for victims of crime
  • complaints about government and other services.

TEWLS is not able to provide legal advice about criminal, immigration or commercial law matters. It is not able to help with drafting wills.

It provides in-house legal clinics as well as outreach services through regular visits to the following communities and locations:

  • Knuckey's Lagoon
  • Bagot community
  • Belyuen community
  • Palmerston Indigenous Village
  • Acacia/ Larrakia community
  • Amangal community
  • Palmerston - at the GP Super Clinic
  • Dawn House Women's Shelter
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Darwin Correctional Centre
  • Adult Migrant English Program, Charles Darwin University.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 234 441 or 08 8982 3000
Fax: 08 8941 9935

Postal address:

GPO Box 1901
Darwin NT 0801

Street address:

2/17 Lindsay Street
Darwin NT 0801

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Domestic Violence Legal Service provides the following services to victims or people at risk of domestic and family violence:

  • applying for a domestic violence order (DVO)
  • changing a DVO
  • extending a DVO
  • removing a DVO
  • Police domestic violence orders
  • legal representation
  • duty lawyer service at the Darwin Magistrates Court domestic violence list - currently Fridays
  • community legal education
  • referrals to support services and other legal services.

Darwin and Palmerston only.


For further information or to make an appointment contact:

Phone: 08 8999 7977
Fax: 08 8999 7979

GPO Box 1901
Darwin NT 0801

2/17 Lindsay Street
Darwin 0801

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Women can get legal advice in all of the following areas:

  • children
  • separation and divorce
  • family and domestic violence
  • victims of crime compensation
  • wills and deceased estates
  • superannuation
  • child protection
  • credit and debt.

Contact details

Shop 5 Katherine Arcade

PO Box 1194
Katherine NT 0851

Phone: 08 8972 1712 or 1800 620 108
Fax: 08 8972 1572

Free legal advice for all Central Australian women, including all of the following areas:

  • domestic violence orders
  • family law problems including children, property and child support
  • compensation, including victims of crime, vehicle accidents and workplace claims
  • child protection
  • discrimination
  • employment and dismissal
  • credit and debt
  • tenancy.

Contact details

1 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870

PO Box 3496
Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 08 8952 4055 or 1800 684 055
Fax: 08 8952 4033

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Last updated: 30 November 2018

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