BATTERED women in Tasmania are missing out on legal help when it comes to domestic violence matters, Community Law Australia has said.
The advocacy group yesterday called on the state government to increase funding for community legal centres amid concern around the rate of family violence.
Women's Legal Service Tasmania chief executive Susan Fahey said her organisation helped 1000 women each year but estimated many more were missing out on legal help.
``Even where there may be a (legal aid) duty lawyer at court, they can be very busy,'' Ms Fahey said.
``Women's Legal Service has seen women who have been to court for family violence applications and missed out on getting any assistance at all,'' she said.
Community Law Australia spokeswoman Carolyn Bond said funding should be made available for community lawyers to act in every court across Tasmania.
``The Tasmanian government lags behind most other states in the commitment it makes to providing legal help to those most in need,'' Ms Bond said.
A government spokeswoman said the government had provided considerable funding for Community Legal Centres during the past year and would endeavour to provide funding in the future.
Tasmania Police recorded 2500 family violence incidents, mostly against women, in 2012-13.
Police figures show they issued 1354 family violence orders in that period while the courts issued a further 300 orders.