The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) has employed a new team to improve the accessibility and responsiveness of the Magistrates’ Court sites in order for trans and gender diverse people (TGD), and LGBTI people, to be supported to receive protection from abusive intimate partners or family members.
The team will provide support for TGD and LGBTI people by identifying and assessing risk, and developing safety plans as well as the provision of non-legal advice/support regarding court processes such as Intervention Orders. The team can take complaints from clients or their advocates, if any court processes have not increased their safety or if any transphobia or queerphobia is experienced at the Magistrates’ Court at any stage during their attendance.
The team at NJC includes an LGBTI Applicant Support Worker and an LGBTI Respondent Worker. At present these workers are responding to family violence matters within the City of Yarra but can attend other courts to act as supports for TGD and LGBTI people in some instances. They can also provide Applicant Support Workers and Respondent Workers at other courts with secondary consultations where required.
For more information call NJC on 03 9948 8777.
(Neighbourhood Justice Centre email, 21/11/18)