Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley
What we do
Community Law provides free one-on-one initial legal advice.
You can have a confidential conversation with a lawyer about domestic violence law, the law about care of children, relationship property law, and other legal issues that can arise when you are experiencing domestic violence. The lawyer can talk with you about your eligibility for legal aid to take further steps. If you are not working with your own lawyer, Community Law can help you to understand the law and meet legal requirements.
We also provide a specialist immigration law service for women on temporary visas who are experiencing or have experienced family violence. We provide legal advice and advocacy on family violence work and residence visas.
If you want to talk to a family lawyer at no cost, you can come to one of our Community Law Offices. In Wellington we have family lawyers available between midday and two every Wednesday and we also have a women-only session every Monday (12:30-1:30pm) where women clients can talk with women lawyers. In the Hutt Valley you can talk to a family lawyer between ten and midday every Monday, and the women-only session is on Friday from midday until one.
You are also welcome at any of our other legal advice sessions in either office and at various other locations around the region. Phone us or visit our website for details about session times.
If you are working with a community group or have a social worker or other community worker supporting you, they can also access Community Law help to assist you.
If you are not in Wellington or the Hutt Valley, look for your local Community Law Centre here: Find a Community Law Centre.
If you want some information about domestic violence law (protection orders, police safety orders, etc), visit Domestic Violence Law.
Our contact details
Street Address: Te Whanganui-ā-Tara | Wellington office
Level 2, 15 Dixon Street
Phone: (04) 499 2928
Street Address: Te Awa Kairangi | Hutt office
Level 2, 59 Queens Drive
Phone: (04) 568 8964
PO Box 24005
Plus various outreach clinics in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua – see details at wclc.org.nz
Who to contact
You should feel free to contact anyone at Community Law if you need to find out about the legal help available. Feel free to call our general number and talk to whoever answers, or just drop in to see us. Many of our staff and our lovely volunteers have experience and training in helping people in your situation.
But if you want to ask for someone in particular, ask for Ione, Sarah or Kate. Both of these women will be happy to talk with you about the options for getting family law help.
If you are already working with a community group who is giving you support, Ione, Sarah or Kate would also welcome a call from them if that’s what you would like:
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