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Rumbalara project transforming community

Our Rumbalara clients are more than just a number or a matter to us. They are individuals and members of a strong local community. By working with the community we are helping people to work within a legal system that has previously been foreign and confusing. By helping to transform people’s lives, we are demonstrating […]

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Intervention Orders and love. A zero sum game?

As family violence duty lawyers, we often hear people make excuses for those who have inflicted family violence on them. Some go so far as to resist taking out an Intervention Order or not supporting a police application for an Order. These cases always stick in our heads. Two recent cases highlight the problem. The […]

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How rights get lost in the rush to be tough on crime

This post originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor of the Shepparton News. It was written in response to an article published on the 12th of September 2018 that detailed the ‘frightening’ experience of an 18-year-old Kilmore woman who was arrested in Kilmore and held in the cells at Shepparton Police Station over a […]

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Rosie Batty urges Shepparton to tackle family violence

Last week Rosie Batty challenged our community to play its part in tackling family violence, and highlighted the impact of such violence has on the workplace and wider community. Ms Batty noted the small number of men attending her presentation but said there were still grounds for optimism. Although we still have a long way to […]

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Ceremonial First Sitting of Supreme Court in Shepparton

On 19 May 2018 our Manager & Principal Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, spoke at the ceremonial first sitting of the Supreme Court of Victoria at the new Shepparton Courts. Kaz addressed Chief Justice Ferguson, Justices Osborn and Beach, other members of the Judiciary, local Elder Uncle Bobby Nicholls and Victorian Bar President, Dr Matt Collins QC. Kaz […]

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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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Goulburn Valley CLC funding wipeout?

On the 3rd of December the Productivity Commission released its long-awaited report into access to justice arrangements in Australia. The Commission recognised the role of Australian legal assistance providers (including Community Legal Centres) and deplored the high levels of unmet legal need faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians. The Commission recommended an immediate injection of […]

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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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