24 June 2015 – Volume 83

News

Collaboration to trial a new approach for families with child protection problems

A collaboration between Victoria Legal Aid, Women's Legal Service Victoria and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre will trial a new approach to helping local families with child protection problems. Read more.

Many miss out on critical legal help in overburdened family violence system

Our recent submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence stressed the need for more funding for timely legal assistance to deal with family violence. Read more.

After isolation, abuse and allegations, the quickest way to get help was to trust again

A woman subjected to family violence found herself facing criminal charges of abusing her son and fearful of talking about the influence of his father. Read more.

Submission calls for more protections in the child protection system

Victoria Legal Aid made a submission this week to the Inquiry into the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Restrictions on the Making of Protections Orders) Bill 2015. Read more.

Free child support legal advice appointments

A Victoria Legal Aid lawyer will be available at various regional locations across Victoria in the coming months to provide free legal help to eligible people with child support problems. Read more.

Community news and notices

Walking the Walk: Next Steps Against Family Violence – 2 July

The Wheeler Centre, in partnership with the Women's Legal Service Victoria and the Human Rights Law Centre, presents a panel discussion on policy responses to family violence. Read more at Walking the Walk: Next Steps Against Family Violence.

NAIDOC Week – 5 to 12 July

NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society. Read more at NAIDOC Week.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 24 July

This year's conference will feature Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia Helen Szoke and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities (ADRIC) – 27 and 28 July

ADRIC 2015 provides a unique opportunity for those working in the legal, government and not-for-profit sectors to discover the latest thinking in mediation practice from leading practitioners working in a variety of Indigenous fields. Read more at Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities.

If you have any community news that you would like included in this eNewsletter email editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion

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