Intersections e-module helping practitioners to manage family violence and cross-jurisdictional matters

Intersections e-module helping practitioners to manage family violence and cross-jurisdictional matters

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Our multi-jurisdictional training program for criminal, family and child protection lawyers is helping practitioners to identify and manage complex and overlapping issues faced by their clients affected by family violence.

Intersections’ is an e-module available for Victoria Legal Aid staff, private practitioners and community legal centre lawyers.

‘We developed Intersections as part of our preparation for the roll out of Victoria’s five specialist family violence courts,’ said Leanne Sinclair, Associate Director, Family Violence Response.

‘It covers the cross-jurisdictional issues we know practitioners right across Victoria can routinely face.’

‘The module uses realistic scenarios of clients affected by family violence who have related criminal, family or child protection matters, and provides commentary and advice on how best to help.’

Since it was launched earlier this year, Intersections has been particularly useful for practitioners in regional areas, who often help clients with multiple legal problems.

Kate Martin, a senior lawyer at VLA Shepparton said ‘I think it’s a really useful tool for thinking about the intersections of these different areas of practice.

‘It’s very helpful for anyone who practices in the regions, where we might easily be required to advise clients about areas of law that are less familiar to us.

‘It’s a really great starting point to acquire basic practical information, and the expert videos are a succinct summary of key pointers,’ said Kate.

Joanne Brennan, a child protection lawyer in our Melbourne office said ‘It was the most practical training I have done for ages.

‘The scenarios really help to work through the intersections between the different areas of law and the visual element made it ‘click,’ especially if you are a more visual learner,’ said Joanne.

Intersections has been developed by our Family Violence program in collaboration with 15 lawyers from across our practice areas.

The module is for:

  • criminal lawyers who have clients facing concurrent criminal and intervention order proceedings, and who need to know the implications for clients’ family law and child protection cases
  • family lawyers who have clients with fast developing criminal and child protection issues
  • child protection lawyers who worry what might happen to a client when they are also facing criminal charges, or when DHHS agrees to withdraw if the client pursues orders in the family court.

The module attracts one continuing professional development (CPD) point per stream, and three points if you complete the entire module, in the areas of substantive law or professional skills.

More information

Access the Intersections module.

Read more about specialist family violence courts.

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