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Therapeutic Justice by the numbers

Therapeutic jurisprudence takes a holistic health and legal case management approach to help offenders address underlying health and personal issues that prevent them from dealing with their offending behaviour. It is an area of practice commonly associated with problem solving courts, such as the Koori Court. Since March 2015, Goulburn Valley CLC’s Therapeutic Justice Program with Primary Care Connect has helped hundreds of clients. So […]

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CLC input into Shepparton Courts redevelopment

In December 2014, the Committee for Greater Shepparton invited Goulburn Valley CLC and the Goulburn Valley Law Association to participate in a roundtable meeting to canvas our region’s needs for the new Shepparton Court Precinct. Following on from that event, in February our Managing Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, and Georgia Morrissey from the Goulburn Valley Law […]

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Therapeutic Justice Pilot a first for regional Victoria

In September we were pleased to learn that former Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark had endorsed a Legal Services Board recommendation to fund a Therapeutic Justice partnership between ourselves and Primary Care Connect. This three-year pilot project, worth just over $500,000, will provide for a full-time lawyer and a full-time case worker. The partnership will harness the passion, […]

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Spotlight on family violence’s impact on country women

On the 7th of November, Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) launched Landscapes of Violence: Women Surviving Family Violence in Regional and Rural Victoria. The report, written by Amanda George and Dr Bridget Harris, highlights the impact of family violence on women living in rural and regional Victoria. The report asked women survivors of family violence in […]

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Methamphetamine Inquiry highlights postcode injustice

A recent Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the Supply and use of Methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria indicates that postcode injustice is behind the patchy response to the drug in regional and rural Victoria. In 2013 Goulburn Valley CLC made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee. In it we shared […]

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Single mother’s employment prospects protected

Chloe* recently contacted Goulburn Valley CLC for assistance with criminal charges she was facing as a result of an altercation she had with one of her neighbours. Chloe was a 21-year-old single mother of a four-year-old. As a result of the altercation, Chloe and her daughter were effectively homeless, relying on the generosity of friends […]

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Justice Bites: Restorative Justice

Courts and the community often struggle to find innovative solutions to offending that take into account the needs of victims and the community, and the need to support criminals to not re-offend. Increasingly, those of us who work in the law are looking to Restorative Justice as a viable alternative to more traditional retributive responses […]

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New Shepparton Court complex will serve future generations

We enthusiastically welcome today’s announcement of funding to redevelop the Shepparton Court. This is a historic day for Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley. We congratulate the Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark for making this critical investment. He is undoubtedly thinking about the needs of future generations and not just the immediate challenges facing the justice system. […]

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Therapeutic Justice Forum: Program

Integrated Services for Goulburn Valley Courts Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Primary Care Connect presenting a forum in Shepparton to demonstrate how their Therapeutic Justice initiative will assist the Court and community to achieve better long-term outcomes.   Therapeutic Justice Forum 26 March 2014 – Park Lake Motel 09.00 Registration 09.15 Opening Welcome and […]

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Gouburn Valley Therapeutic Justice forum

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Primary Care Connect are developing a pilot project to introduce a Therapeutic Justice Practice to the Goulburn Valley Magistrates’ Court. The project will create an advocacy-health alliance between legal practitioners and health service providers working in the Court environment. To launch the project, the two agencies are presenting a […]

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