Burwood Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy


With an emphasis on prevention of injury and mental health problems, this service primarily provides assistances to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence attending Burwood Local Court for Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs).

What is domestic violence?


Physical – Pushing, shoving, slapping, hair pulling, punching, choking, kicking, biting, burning, using a weapon or object, placing a person in danger or any other demanding physical act whether injury is sustained or not.

Emotional – Name calling, ridiculing, threatening, ignoring, humiliating, controlling, intimidation, terrorising, pressuring, destroying property, isolating from friends and family, extreme jealousy.

Sexual – Any sexual act including touching, kissing, fondling, having any form of sex which is unwanted or coerced. Being forced or manipulated to pose for sexual pictures or to view pornographic material.

Financial – Withholding basic needs, controlling all family money, allowing certain amounts for expenditure, using children as an economic bargaining chip, needing or seeking permission to access money.

Social – Controlling and withholding access to family and friends, restrictions and limitations to social outings or every day necessary outings. Needing or seeking permission to leave family home or go anywhere.

Are you:

  • Experiencing any form of violence
  • Going to contact the police?
  • Concerned about safety for you and your family?
  • Going to court as a result of domestic violence?
  • Confused or anxious about legal or court proceedings?
  • Feeling isolated and in need of support?
  • Having difficulty with language or access to services?

Our Court Advocacy Services Team can:

  • Provide emotional support before you attend court, while at court and after
  • Provide access to legal services with a Duty Solicitor to assist on AVO court day
  • Explain in simple terms the court procedures and protocols
  • Provide information and referral to appropriate local agencies and support groups before and after court
  • Provide privacy, safety and support for you in the Shine Room at Burwood Local Court.

Referrals can be made by any agency or individual to the Court Advocacy Services Team

We'd love to hear from you

Please contact our team at any time:

Address: 2 Wyatt Avenue Burwood NSW 2134
Postal address: PO Box 42 Enfield NSW 2136

Phone: (02) 9744 1866
Fax: (02) 9744 0886

Email: info@bcw.org.au

Our team acknowledges that we meet and work on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and future.

Hours of operation


Neighbourhood Centre
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Family Support Service
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Meals on Wheels
Monday - Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm 

Domestic Violence Service
Monday - Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm

The services provided by BCWS are proudly funded by: