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The Western Australian (WA) Government will provide $600,000 a year for a metropolitan legal service for Indigenous victims of family violence, including victims of sexual abuse.
Premier Colin Barnett said 'There are several family violence services for Indigenous people in regional and remote Western Australia, but no dedicated service in the metropolitan area. This new service will close the gap and provide legal support and counselling to Perth's Indigenous population.'
Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal Legal Service indicated a need for services dedicated to victims of family violence. According to Attorney General Michael Mischin, 'Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal Legal Service both confirm that they are frequently conflicted and unable to assist victims of family violence and/or sexual assault because the same services were representing the accused.'
'Victim services will include legal advice and information; community legal education; court representation for family violence and sexual assault assaults; advocacy and assistance to complete and lodge legal documents; and sexual abuse counselling,' said Attorney General Mischin.
The service is expected to be in place by May 2013.
Source: The Government of Western Australia and The West Australian