Family violence now one of our strategic advocacy priorities

Family violence now one of our strategic advocacy priorities

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Victoria Legal Aid has elevated family violence to our list of strategic advocacy and law reform priorities for 2014–15.

Managing Director Bevan Warner welcomes the recognition of the importance of tackling family violence which affects our clients and the community.

‘Unfortunately, family violence is an all too common problem in our society and many of our clients are impacted in their daily lives,’ Mr Warner said.

‘We have always provided legally aided services to clients experiencing family violence. This step – to include it as a strategic advocacy priority – clearly demonstrates it is a key area of focus.'

Working for change

‘It is important that our service delivery is complemented by strategic advocacy that contributes to system-wide change that improves the safety of adults and children impacted by family violence and helps reduce the incidence of family violence,' he said. 

As a part of this strategic focus, we will look at our role in the legal system and what contribution we can make to helping reduce the incidence of family violence.

Director Family, Youth and Children’s Law, Nicole Rich believes the addition provides a clear indication of the seriousness with which we treat our responsibility to address family violence.

‘As the largest provider of family violence legal services in Victoria, we have an important role to help people impacted by family violence.

‘This includes providing information, legal advice, representation and referrals designed to promote safety in the home. These services are provided to clients at the Commonwealth family law courts and at the Victorian Children’s Court and Magistrates’ Court.

‘Every day at Magistrates Courts across the entire state we co-ordinate family violence intervention order duty lawyer services and provide assistance to both applicants and respondents.’

In 2013–14, we provided 11,269 clients with 14,796 family violence legal services. Family violence intervention order duty lawyer services were provided to applicants and respondents in almost equal measure (48 per cent to 52 per cent).

We also assist with victims of crime compensation for people who have experienced family violence.

More information

Family violence is our fifth strategic advocacy priority alongside:

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