Family and Child Safety Unit


The  Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSW (VOCAL) assists any man, woman child who has been affected by any crime that has occurred in NSW.

Mission Statement : To provide excellence in positively supporting the needs of people affected by crime and similar tragedy, and the law abiding community. To promote the rights and needs of victims.

We provide a comprehensive range of services for people who have suffered as a result of a crime of violence and need help dealing with the effects of crime. Our services are freely available to everyone, regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported and when it happened.

For many people, trying to protect themselves and their children from family violence and shield them from physical and psychological harm is extremely difficult. VOCAL has a specialised Family and Child Safety Unit that aims to empower the protective parent to understand and manage the challenges that occur when a child safety issue arises  its links to various processes and systems.

We will supply a listening ear, and offer ideas and suitable strategies, referrals, support and court preparation to help the protective parnet and their children be safer. The Family and Child Safety Unit was established in 2013 and was made possible by a generous funding grant from the Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation.


What we do:

  • Support and advocacy in navigating the Family Court system.
  • Information about the Family Court process
  • Safety planning for women and children
  • Help clients understand how to document evidence
  • Referrals to counselling and other support agencies
  • Support with understanding and organising paperwork
  • Court preparation and support

What we do not do:

  • Provide legal advice
  • Attend mediation or family conferences

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