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.READ MORE
April 28, 2022
Addressing the legal landscape of family violence in Victoria
Community Legal Centres have outlined the complex work they do in addressing family violence issues as part of a wide-ranging discussion with the Victorian Attorney General, Jaclyn Symes MP.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE