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New report reveals inclusive nature of the community legal sector

May 13, 2022

New report reveals inclusive nature of the community legal sector

The Victorian Community Legal Centre workforce is more inclusive than the public service, a new report from the Victoria Law Foundation has found.

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Budget response: Community Legal Centres need to be at the heart of a healthy Victoria

May 03, 2022

Budget response: Community Legal Centres need to be at the heart of a healthy Victoria

The Federation of Community Legal Centres has welcomed the Victorian State Budget’s focus on improving healthcare services across Victoria but notes that to ensure a fair and just Victoria, community legal services need to be better funded into the future.

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Urgent Bail Reform Needed to Prevent More Victorian Women Ending Up Behind Bars

October 26, 2021

Urgent Bail Reform Needed to Prevent More Victorian Women Ending Up Behind Bars

Smart Justice for Women, a coalition of leading legal, academic and community services calls for urgent bail reform and investment in wraparound services to reduce the unacceptable number of women behind bars.

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Community Legal Sector Calls for a Smarter Approach to Justice

October 26, 2021

Community Legal Sector Calls for a Smarter Approach to Justice

The Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria (the Federation) has joined the chorus of legal centres, social services and human rights organisations making a united call for a ”smarter criminal justice system” - one that identifies the social determinates of crime and reinvests in community-led solutions.

Speaking at the Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System, Federation CEO Louisa Gibbs called for a “radical rethink” of the way Victoria approaches criminal justice.

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CLCs on the frontline: Domestic and Family Violence Recent Initiatives

May 31, 2021

CLCs on the frontline: Domestic and Family Violence Recent Initiatives

Victoria continues to face a crisis of domestic and family violence across the state.

In 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that one in six Australian women and one in sixteen Australian men experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner since the age of 15.

In Victoria, these numbers escalated significantly over the course of 2020, in close correlation with the conditions of lockdown and isolation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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