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April 11, 2016

Community lawyers challenge Federal Government’s commitment to ending family violence as Budget fears mount

Community lawyers are challenging the Federal Government’s commitment to ending family violence as fears mount that the 2016 Budget will fail to reverse cuts to community legal centres that form the backbone of its proposed national intervention order scheme.

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March 30, 2016

Royal Commission says Vic Govt should advocate at COAG on funding for family violence legal help

Today’s report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence has sent a strong signal in advance of Friday’s COAG meeting that the State Government should advocate strongly for increased Federal funding to family violence legal help. The Federal Government is set to slash funding to community legal centres by 30 per cent nationally in July 2017.

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March 29, 2016

Federal cuts threaten response to family violence following royal commission, community lawyers warn

The potential for progress on tackling family violence following tomorrow’s report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence will be threatened by Federal Government cuts to services critical to the family violence response, community lawyers have warned today.

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March 15, 2016

Community lawyers head to Canberra seeking urgent action on legal assistance crisis

The Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres is joining other community legal peaks today (Tuesday 15/3) to brief Federal MPs and call on the Federal Government to take urgent action in the Budget to reverse deep cuts and boost funding for free legal help.

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February 23, 2016

Community legal peak body congratulates executive officer on appointment as Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Posted on February 23, 2016

The Federation of Community Legal Centres congratulates our executive officer, Liana Buchanan, on her appointment today as Victoria’s new Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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February 16, 2016

Insights into rehabilitative justice to feature in new Churchill report

Mentoring within our prison system by those who know it best has the potential to revitalise rehabilitative justice and reduce recidivism, according to Claire Seppings. Recently returned from a research trip around the world funded by a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship, Claire has seen firsthand how those with lived experiences of imprisonment can help to change the lives of those inside.

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December 15, 2015

MYEFO fails women who need free legal help with family violence

The Federal Government’s failure to restore cut funding to the free legal help women desperately need to secure intervention orders through the courts and to face the complex legal issues that flow from violence against women will put them at greater risk, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria.

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November 25, 2015

Federal Government’s family violence commitment ‘in the balance’, community lawyers say

The Federal Government’s commitment to stopping family violence is in the balance, with doubts remaining over funding for free legal help for women through December’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), says the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic).

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November 23, 2015

Federation welcomes new chair for 2015-16

Belinda Lo has been elected as the new chair of the Federation’s committee of management for 2015–16.

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November 15, 2015

Family violence features in our latest wrap of the Federation in the media

Welcome to our occasional wrap of the Federation in the media. This issue features family violence, together with a range of other legal assistance issues on which the Federation also actively engages the media. As well as our own work with the media, the Federation offers media support to our member community legal centres and also works with partner organisations on related issues. Earlier coverage is available via our In the Media category.

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