There is a new free legal service supporting participants in the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide been established.
The Defence and Veterans Legal Service (DAVLS) is free, independent, confidential, and available to anybody considering sharing their experiences with the Royal Commission. There is no income or assets test or other eligibility criteria for assistance.
The service are independent and separate from the Royal Commission, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. We are taxpayer funded through the Federal Attorney-General’s department and accountable to:
• Provide legal advice and information to members of the public targeting Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, and their families, carers and supporters to access and engage with the Royal Commission.
• Provide a trauma-informed, culturally safe and accessible service nationally, including referral to counselling and other supports.
• Provide community outreach and liaison, and community information and education sessions.
• Operate for the duration of the Royal Commission.
DAVLS has been operating since Monday 1st November and take inquiries on 1800 33 1800 (Freecall).
Please click here to visit the DAVLS website.
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This service is provided through the National Legal Aid Network.