Sarah Edwards

Dotti Mazga

‘A community legal education podcast about the law, women and access to justice’

Sisters in Law is hosted and produced by Dotti and Sarah.

We are two lawyers from the Central Australian Womens Legal Service who are passionate about social justice and equity for women in the Central Desert Region.

On a personal level, Dotti loves hiking and Sarah is an avid baker.


Together we are working towards increasing our audiences’ legal literacy alongside a lot of laughs
and the sounds of empowered female artists.

Sisters In Law Season 2 has launched! On Air and as a Podcast:

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Subscribe to the Sisters In Law podcast to catch up on the latest LIVE episodes from Dotti and Sarah and to listen to Sisters In law Season Two – presented by Sophie Quinn and Sally Krutsch– produced by Anders Pfeiffer

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Sisters In Law is a collaboration between 8CCC and the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service – produced in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs.

Hosted by lawyers from the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service (CAWLS) in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Sisters in Law provides information about the law, women’s rights and access to justice.
It is a show about the law and how it affects women, hosted by lawyers from CAWLS. In each episode we focus on a different topic, aiming to cover how the law works and where to get help when it’s needed.


We often interview guests from other service providers in Central Australia, to get a broad picture of what kind of help might be available to women facing legal issues. On other weeks, we have discussions amongst ourselves about different areas of law, and how they apply to women in Central Australia and the Barkly region


We aim to help women to understand the law and their rights a bit better, to keep everyone safer and more empowered.

Please note:
Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.

Women needing individual legal advice should contact CAWLS and arrange to speak with a lawyer: https://cawls.org.au/contact/ PH: 1800 684 055

Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

Sisters In Law – On Demand

Listen back to the latest episodes of Sisters In Law – broadcast Wednesday’s 12pm on 102.1FM

15 Dec 2021, 12pm

15 Dec 2021, 12pm Sisters in Law LIVE : 15 – 12 – 2021 Sisters in Law LIVE : 15 – 12 – 2021 Hosted by lawyers from the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service (CAWLS) in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs, Sisters in Law provides information about the law, women’s rights and access to justice. Broadcast Live on 8CCC 102.1FM + listen On Demand and subscribe to our podcast!    


Sisters In Law – Season 2 – On Demand

Presented by Sophie Quinn, Sally Krutsch, Amber Russell, Julia Parkin, Produced by Anders Pfieffer

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 6 – CAWLS in The Barkly Region In this episode, CAWLS host Sophie Quinn interviews Julia Parkin, CAWLS Solicitor. Julia discusses her experience as the specialist domestic and family violence lawyer at the CAWLS office in Tennent Creek. She discusses the challenges women have accessing legal help in the Barkly region, the experience of court week, the diversity in language and cultural groups, and the experiences of living in a remote community. Listen in to find out more about the legal services in Tennent Creek. This episode features music by local artist: ‘Beloved’ by  Katie Harder and ‘Book Of Drought’ by  Gleny Rae Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 8 – Reflective Practice In the final episode of the season, CAWLS lawyers Sally Krutsch and Sophie Quinn speak with their colleagues Grace McCaulay & Chloe Fragos about their roles and experiences working with women in Central Australia. This episode features music by local artists: ‘Last Breath’ by Sally Balfour ; ‘Saule’ by  XAVIA ; ‘Sing It Out’ by Katie Harder Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 7 – NPY Women’s Council In this episode, CAWLS host Sally Krutsch interviews Rachel Neary and Mel Bakewell from the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council. NPY Women’s Council operates a Domestic and Family Violence service providing case work, legal education, support and training. Tune in to learn more about NPY Women’s Council, the long standing relationship NPY has with Anangu women, the work they do and how to contact them. Website: NPY Women’s Council (npywc.org.au) Phone Number: 1800 180 840 Email: [email protected] This episode features music from local artists: ‘Lottery’ by Sally Balfour and ‘The Ending’ by Kirra Voller. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 5 – Seeking shelter in Central Australia CAWLS host Sophie Quinn interviews Tully McIntyre, former Community Engagement Manager at Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia. Sophie and Tully discuss the women’s shelter movement, crisis support available for women experiencing domestic and family violence in Central Australia and the importance of walking alongside women. Listen in to learn more about crisis accommodation options and case management support available through WoSSCA’s outreach service. Website: www.wossca.org.au Phone number: 08 8952 6075 Email: [email protected] If you’re at risk, or hurt right now CALL 000.  If you are unsafe and need shelter and protection, please call WoSSCA on 08 8952 6075 OR attend the shelter in Alice Springs This episode features music by local artists:  ‘Rain Falls’ by  XAVIA and ‘Let Your Light Shine Through’ by Georgia Aden. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 4 – Identifying and responding to sexual assault In this episode, CAWLS host Sophie Quinn interviews Christa Bartjen-Westermann, former Manager of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Central Australia. Sophie and Christa (?) explore understandings of sexual assault, discuss the barriers to reporting sexual assault and introduce best practice responses to disclosures including engaging with sexual assault services available in Central Australia. SARC provides a range of services including counselling to both adults and children who may have experienced (recently or many years ago) any form of sexual assault. Sexual assault can range from verbal harassment; unwanted touching or exhibitionism, to a violent attack. SARC Web site: http://www.health.nt.gov.au/sexual_assault_services/ Phone Number: (08) 8955 4500 Email: [email protected] This episode features local music: ‘Rise’ by Bambadino and ‘Down In Doubt’ by Georgia Aden. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 2 – Legal responses to Domestic and Family Violence In this episode, CAWLS lawyers Sophie Quinn and Amber Russell delve into the legal framework relating to domestic and family violence in the Northern Territory. The hosts provide information about the legal definition of domestic violence and what protection a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) can offer.   This episode features music by local artists: ‘You Don’t wanna Know’ by Donna Velia and ‘I Can’t Imagine’ by Bambadino. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 3 – Domestic Violence Orders in the Northern Territory CAWLS lawyers Sophie Quinn and Amber Russell pick up where they left off, and discuss the process for obtaining a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) in the Northern Territory. The episode provides information about Police DVOs, private applications and the court process. The consequences for failing to comply with DVOs, as well as tips for safety planning, are also covered. This episode also features music by local artists:  ‘Stuck In The System’ by Kirra Voller and ‘Muddy Brown’ by Katie Harder. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

25 Oct 2021, 6pm

25 Oct 2021, 6pm S2 Ep 1 – Working for Women’s Legal in Central Australia Presented by lawyer Sophie Quinn, episode 1 introduces listeners to Sisters in Law, a community legal education podcast. Sophie outlines the work of the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service in conversation with her colleague and fellow CAWLS lawyer, Amber Russell. The history and development of Women’s Legal Services across the country is also discussed. Music Credits:  ‘I thought’ by Donna Velia and ‘Fool’ by Kirra Voller. Please note, Sisters in Law is designed and intended to provide general information current at the time of publication, for informational purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you may have.  Reach us at cawls.org.au/contact/ Produced in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio. Sisters In Law Season Two has been made possible through the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at www.cbf.org.au

Sisters In Law – Season 1 – On Demand

Produced & Presented by Lauren Macaulay

Support Services Available to Women in Central Australia:

Central Australian Women’s Legal Service       (08) 8952 4055  

Lifeline                                                                13 11 14

1800RESPECT                                                  1800 737 732             

                                        

SARC (Sexual Assault Refferal Centre)            

Alice Springs – from 8am to 4.21pm,   Monday to Friday: (08) 8955 4500

Alice Springs – after hours:                                                 0401 114 181

Tennant Creek:                                                                  (08) 8962 4361

WoSSCA (Women’s Safety Services Central Australia)    (08) 8952 6075

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