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August 12, 2015

Legal help with family violence reaches more women when community legal centres partner with hospitals, royal commission will hear

In its Wednesday public hearing, the Royal Commission into Family Violence will hear that free legal help with family violence reaches more women when community legal centres partner with hospitals. The commission will hear evidence on Acting on the Warning Signs, a project in which Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) provides free legal help to women at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

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August 05, 2015

Shine a light on ‘patchwork’ family violence legal system, community legal peak tells royal commission

Victoria’s family violence legal system offers a ‘patchwork response’ that is sometimes dangerously threadbare through poorly funded legal help, inconsistent specialisation and insufficient risk management, the Royal Commission into Family Violence will hear this Wednesday (5 August) in evidence to be presented by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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July 06, 2015

Legal services agreement signed amid serious ongoing concerns for community legal clients

A new National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services between state, territory and federal governments has been signed amid serious ongoing concerns over a failure to fully fund the justice gap, the impact of a significant national funding cut in 2017–18, and restrictions on advocacy campaigns by community legal centres on policy and law reform issues.

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June 25, 2015

Royal commission vital to family violence response, community lawyers say

A submission released today by the State peak for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres has made more than 60 recommendations to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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June 05, 2015

Vulnerability set to rise as Federal Government redefines legal need

AR_Pic_Liana_Buchanan_OpinionThe media spotlight on the 2015 Federal Budget may have dimmed, but its full impacts on the vulnerable are still very much on the line for those seeking free legal help.

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June 02, 2015

“Savings” from means-testing free legal help will increase the risk for women facing family violence

A Federal Government proposal to means test free legal help from community legal centres will increase the risk for women facing family violence, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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May 25, 2015

New restrictions on who can be helped will worsen the impact of deep cuts to community legal centres

The impact of deep Federal Budget cuts to free legal assistance will be increased by proposed new restrictions on who community legal centres can help under a new funding agreement, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the State peak for 50 community legal centres in Victoria.

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May 12, 2015

Deferred Budget cuts offer only short term relief for Victorians in need of free legal help

Despite the reversal of community legal centre cuts planned for Victoria in the next two years, the 2015 Federal Budget has failed to ensure that funding for legal assistance keeps pace with the growing need for free legal help among disadvantaged Victorians, according to State community legal peak, the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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May 05, 2015

Prison system remains costly and pressured, but balance tilts towards reducing reoffending and boosting safety

The State Budget has revealed that the cost of running Victoria’s pressured and crowded prison system is set to top $1 billion a year excluding construction costs, as the recidivism rate is predicted to climb to an alarming 45 per cent in 2015.

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May 05, 2015

Budget sees modest but welcome investment in free legal help for disadvantaged Victorians

The Victorian State Budget includes modest but welcome investment in free legal help for disadvantaged Victorians, according to State community legal peak, the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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