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Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE)

Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE)

NEW - CORE resource Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining order

Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE) are free online self help guides for use by people in Perth and regional Western Australia. Each resource contains step by step practical information to help you understand what you might need to do if you are representing yourself.

NEW Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order is a new CORE resource which includes practical information about the recent changes to restraining order laws. This new resource was developed by Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the South West Community Legal Centre.

Legal Aid WA and Geraldton Resource Centre collaborated on the development of the other CORE resources.

The CORE resources available are:  

  • Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order 
    • You might use this family violence restraining order guide if you need protection from violence or a threat of violence made against you by a family member and you want to know how to apply for a family violence restraining order. The guide contains step by step practical information, including a safety planning checklist, videos by experienced practitioners and a court walk through. 


  • Recovery order self help guide  
    • You might use this family law self help guide if your child has not been returned to you. It includes "how to" videos by experienced family lawyers, checklists, sample letters and information about what to do before court, in court and after court.


  •  Representing yourself at a Magistrates Court criminal trial 
    • You might use this criminal law self help guide if you are representing yourself and running your own criminal trial in the Magistrates Court. It includes "how to" videos by experienced criminal lawyers, sample letters, documents and FAQs. It takes you through the process of preparing for trial, what happens in Court, running the trial and the verdict.


  • Mortgage stress-self help guide
    • You might use this mortgage stress self help guide if you are having problems meeting your mortgage payments or are already behind in payments. It takes you through how to apply for a hardship variation from your lender and also how to apply to an external dispute resolution scheme if your hardship application is refused by your lender. It also covers your options if the lender takes you to court and gets judgment against you.


To use any of these resources, you need to go to the CORE link below, and create a User Name and Password (you will be asked for an email address but you do not have to provide one). 

Once you have registered, you need to choose the resource which suits your needs. You can then log on as many times as you need to.


Click here to go to the CORE self help guides



For more information contact Legal Aid WA on


Last reviewed: 26/07/2017

Last modified: 26/07/2017 12:50 PM


The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.