Sign to Save Family Violence Legal Support
Community legal services in the northern region who provide legal support to victim survivors fear they will lose crucial funding at the end of this financial year.
Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) provides support to approximately 940 victim survivors a year. If funding ceases, NCLC could be left with just one family violence lawyer to service a catchment area of over half a million residents.
Last year at Fitzroy Legal Service more than 60% of all matters opened by FLS’ Day Practice were family violence matters. Six lawyers advise and represent victim survivors across two catchment areas, in HJP outreaches, family violence duty lawyer services at two Courts, and through legal advice and casework. Loss of funding will mean fewer lawyers and would significantly impact on FLS’ ability to provide duty lawyer services and outreach to those who might otherwise miss out on legal support.
At West Heidelberg CLC, the funding provides for approximately two thirds of their dedicated family violence practice. In its absence, the provision of family violence legal support will be significantly compromised.
Add your voice to advocate for continued funding.
(Source: CLC emails, April 2022)