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Goulburn Valley Star Weavers pledge 10,000 stars

Goulburn Valley CLC Community Lawyer Acacia Burns (at right) recently graduated from the Greater Shepparton City Council Community Leadership Program. As part of the program, Acacia instigated the Goulburn Valley Star Weavers, a star weave community of the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. The One Million Stars to End Violence Project was artist […]

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A ‘lightbulb moment’ for one of our clients

Sally* is a disability support pensioner. Earlier this year, she approached Goulburn Valley CLC  after she was arrested by the local Sherriff and bailed to appear before a Magistrate in relation to 14 warrants totalling almost $4,500 in unpaid parking tickets, speeding fines and tolls accrued by her ex-husband and her son in cars registered […]

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Family Violence Royal Commission’s Goulburn Valley insight

We recently made a submission to Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Our submission drew the Royal Commission’s attention to the report recently published by our colleagues at Loddon Campaspe CLC: Will somebody listen to me? This report mirrors many of our observations and concerns and we concur with its premise that before deciding how best to meet […]

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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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Single mother wins divorce order

Lauren* is a single mother of a young child with an intellectual disability and developmental delay. She and her son had fled the Northern Territory to Melbourne three years ago, after her then-husband was released from a second term of imprisonment. Her husband had been imprisoned for a range of drug and violence-related offences. Prior […]

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Lawyers successfully argue exceptional circumstances

Louise* was a 34 year old woman who made an appointment to see us at one of our outreach services. She had recently been charged with speeding and driving whilst suspended. Regrettably, the charge of drive whilst suspended, if proven, would trigger a suspended sentence of imprisonment that she had received earlier in 2013. Louise […]

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Help for mother seeking Intervention Order

Goulburn Valley CLC recently helped Mary* who was seeking an Intervention Order (IVO). Mary had not been able to receive legal advice before she made her application so had only requested that an order be made with three limited clauses. The order she was applying for would not have provided her with the protection she […]

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