Youthlaw is Victoria’s specialist legal centre for young people under 25 years. Youthlaw’s Family Violence Program comprises a small integrated team of lawyers and social work trained family violence youth practitioners who work together to assist young people who are experiencing or using family violence, by address their legal, safety and holistic wellbeing support needs.
The team also works closely with youth workers by providing them with information so that they can better assist the young people they are supporting.
The Family Violence Program lawyers provide secondary consultation to practitioners over the phone, legal advice and/or court representation for young people with issues arising from family violence, in particular intervention orders and associated criminal matters.
Social workers provide risk assessment, safety planning and specialist interim support in order to facilitate referrals to case management, counselling and wellbeing services.
Other lawyers at Youthlaw can also assist if a young person who practitioners are working with has other legal issues, unrelated to family violence, such as tenancy issues, criminal matters, debts, fines and victims of crime compensation.
Who is eligible for the service? Any young person under the age of 25 who is currently experiencing or has experienced family violence, or has court proceedings on foot stemming from a family violence issue will be able to access the service. The program assists young people under 25 experiencing family violence, and young people under 18 using and experiencing family violence in the home.
How to refer a young person:
Family violence related legal matters – Practitioners can email through the young person’s contact details and related information to FVprogram@youthlaw.asn.au. The young person can contact Youthlaw directly on 9113 9500 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. or sms on 0492 969 880.
Other legal matters – Email email@example.com or practitioners or the young person can call Youthlaw on 9113 9500.