On a mission to bring more free legal help to women affected by domestic violence, the NQ Women’s Legal Service is asking you to join their 1000 Club.
With one in three women affected by the epidemic of family and domestic violence, most women will certainly know someone who will need free legal help at some point in time.
NQ Women’s Legal Service (NQWLS) provides free legal services, by women for women. Last year, NQWLS provided more than 6000 free legal services for women experiencing domestic violence or family breakdown, living in communities across the North and Far North Queensland region. The top half of Queensland is a vast area for NQWLS offices in Townsville and Cairns to cover. To help them respond to women in crisis, NQWLS has launched the 1000 Club fundraising campaign.
“We are calling out for 1000 women who can make a regular donation of $10 each month through our website portal,” says NQWLS Director Anne Lewis.
“The funds raised through the 1000 Club campaign will directly fund frontline services, with the goal of increasing the number of free legal services for women by a further 1000 per year, on an ongoing basis.
“Access to free legal advice and assistance makes a real difference for vulnerable women. It can even be life-changing for some.”
NQWLS was started by a group of passionate women in Townsville as a totally volunteer service in the mid-1990s. It was granted funding by the Commonwealth government in 1996, which helped them open an office in Townsville and Cairns.
“The demand for free legal assistance consistently outstrips our resources.
Will you help us help women in need by joining the 1000 Club?”
Women can make an appointment for legal advice at the Townsville or Cairns office and NQWLS also provides legal advice by appointment at eight outreach clinics each month in Ayr, Charters Towers, Ingham, Mossman, Port Douglas, Atherton, Mareeba and Innisfail. For women in other rural and remote communities, they can set up a Skype or phone appointment. A 1800 phone advice line also operates four days a week.
“Unfortunately, we know that for every call we answer on the 1800 Advice Line, there are another seven calls that we can’t answer due to our limited resources,” says NQWLS Supervising Solicitor Sharell O’Brien.
“The demand for free legal assistance consistently outstrips our resources. Will you help us help women in need by joining the 1000 Club? All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.”