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Community legal education sessions for young CALD people

Earlier this year we ran several sessions for young Shepparton residents from CALD backgrounds on a range of topics, including police powers; Public Transport Victoria inspectors; how to report a crime; sex, young people and the law; family violence; and careers in the courts and law. Participants came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, […]

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Our Therapeutic Justice team: Sej (Lawyer), David (Caseworker)

Shepparton Therapeutic Justice Program benefits clients and the community

People rarely present at court with a single issue. They may be charged with only one offence, but underlying health and personal issues often lurk in the background. Unless these issues are recognised and addressed, it is unlikely they will change their offending behaviour. Therapeutic approaches to justice recognise that people’s offending is complex. And […]

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Shepparton Women’s fundraiser helps

The Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee recently marked Refugee Week with a film night and fundraiser. About 200 patrons sat enthralled by Queen of Katwe, the true story of a young Ugandan woman from the ghetto who became a world class chess player. Goulburn Valley CLC was the grateful recipient of gold coin donations totalling $210.75, which […]

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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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Georgia Mirrissey and the team at Rumbalara

Putting a face to our Rumbalara project 

Our Community Lawyer, Georgia Morrissey (standing in the centre at the rear), has been promoting our Rumbalara Health-Justice Partnership since its October launch and getting to know the local community by attending events at Rumbalara and elsewhere in Shepparton. A highlight was the Rumbalara Women’s Network Cultural Fusion Day. This event attracted a large number of […]

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Trust is a major factor in Therapeutic Justice Program’s success

James (not his real name) is a young Aboriginal man that presented at the Shepparton Magistrates’ Courts, substance affected, admitting to using alcohol and methamphetamine. He was referred to our Therapeutic Justice Project via the Family Violence Court Liaison Officer of Victoria Police at the Tuesday morning Family Violence Meeting. The police applied for an Intervention […]

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Employment Opportunity: Paralegal/Receptionist (Rumbalara Health-Justice Partnership)

  Applicants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) We are seeking someone who is highly motivated, organised, with a positive, professional and mature attitude to fill the important role of Paralegal/Receptionist at Goulburn Valley CLC. Goulburn Valley CLC is […]

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Community Legal Centre funding a vital election issue

We only want one thing on Election Day: a fair deal for the thousands of Australians who are being denied access to a lawyer because community legal centre funding is inadequate. Traditionally, legal aid commissions, community legal centres and indigenous family violence and legal services have been the legal service of last resort for Australia’s […]

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New Health-Justice Partnership launched

On the 2nd of June Attorney-General Martin Pakula signed off on a new grant to resource a health-justice partnership between Goulburn Valley CLC and Rumbalara Aboriginal Corporation. The local member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed, officiated at the formal project launch at Rumbalara’s Harmony Centre. This exciting project, costing $300,000 over two years, will embed a […]

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Free Temporary Protection Visas forum

Goulburn Valley CLC and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre are presenting a free forum on Thursday the 2nd of July to outline Temporary Protection Visas and the Fast Track assessment process that will shortly be commenced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Some people will have already received letters from the Department. Anyone who has […]

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