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
May 20, 2021
State Budget 2021
The Federation of Community Legal Centres strongly commends the Victorian government’s $3.8 billion commitment rebuilding Victoria’s mental health system in today’s State Budget.
We applaud the government’s decision to commit funding to victims of crime. Legal assistance is vital to ensuring that victim-survivors can navigate the new financial assistance scheme.READ MORE
March 24, 2021
CLCs on the frontline: Fitzroy Legal Service
Over the past two years a community legal centre in Melbourne's north has expanded access to lawyers specialising in alcohol and other drug use to the Darebin municipality. The Fitzroy Legal Service (a merger of Darebin Community Legal Centre & Fitzroy Legal Service), is delivering this new service in partnership with Uniting ReGen and YSAS.READ MORE
March 19, 2021
CLCs on the frontline: Animal Law Institute
Community lawyers are responding to a COVID surge in demand for pets with an innovative legal clinic designed to seek justice against dodgy breeders.READ MORE
March 19, 2021
Media release: Big spending on prison beds won't help women
Community legal centres and women’s advocates have labelled nearly $190 million dollars for more prison beds as misguided in light of figures revealing fewer women being incarcerated and evidence pointing to early intervention and redirection programs as better options for the community.READ MORE