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More family violence support services


Victorians will have access to more family violence support services at their local community legal centres thanks to $1.3 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula on Oct 28  visited the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service – one of 28 centres across Victoria to receive a Community Legal Centre (CLC) Family Violence Fund grant.

It will get more than $47,500 for a specialist family violence lawyer to work closely with the Berry Street North Family and Domestic Violence Service, providing outreach services to family violence victims in the Banyule area, an official press release said.

The funding will also mean more family violence victims receive support, and they will be able to access legal services faster.

The grants will support community legal centres across Victoria with a range of family violence-related services including:

* reinstating intervention order support services at some magistrates’ courts

* assisting women with disabilities who are also experiencing family violence

* continuing women’s homelessness prevention programs

* family violence outreach clinics for pregnant women in hospital

* financial and economic abuse assistance

* youth workers to support young people exposed to family violence

Other successful applicants include the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Service Victoria.

The CLC Family Violence Fund grants program is part of the $4.6 million funding package delivered for family violence-related legal services in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

The Government provided $1.2 million to 23 community legal centres for family violence duty lawyer services, which help victims of family violence with legal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court.

Victoria Legal Aid also received the $2.1 million to continue providing free family violence legal services.  (TIW)

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