Loddon Mallee Community Legal Centre

These women now have access to legal aid in a safe, private and supportive environment for NVC. Working with NVC`s domestic violence case managers, lawyer BFVJP provides legal assistance for intervention orders, parental and property matters in family law, child protection and civil matters, often associated with domestic violence such as housing, credit and debt. In 2019, the Bendigo Family Violence Justice Project was created with a grant from the Frances and Harold Abbott Foundation. Involved in this project is an LCCLC lawyer based in the NVC office who provides integrated legal support to women affected by domestic violence. Over the past 18 months, rates of domestic violence in the greater Bendigo area have increased by 18%, exacerbated by the social and economic impact of COVID-19. The demand for legal aid for domestic violence is increasing. Building on a strong foundation, a proven integrated services partnership and model, and proven client outcomes, the BFVJP is well positioned to meet this need and aims to expand its services in 2022. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to people in central Victoria in a variety of areas of law, including: LCCLC and CNV also worked closely with The Orange Door in Bendigo to strengthen referral channels for women in need of legal aid and build capacity to identify and respond to domestic violence and related legal needs in a timely manner. Assistance to people with domestic violence intervention orders and related legal issues. Duty counsel service at Bendigo, Echuca, Maryborough, Kyneton and Castlemaine Magistrates` Court. We also provide legal resources, education and training to local service providers and community groups to help people understand the law, advocate for their rights and know where to get legal help when they need it. Free legal appointments for help with a range of legal issues. Day and evening appointments in our office in Bendigo and by phone.

More than two-thirds of ARC Justice clients have a legal problem related to domestic violence. Timely access to legal advice and other forms of expert support is essential for the safety, well-being and recovery of victims/survivors and their children. The Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre works with the Centre for Nonviolence to make legal aid services more accessible to women affected by domestic violence in the greater Bendigo area. Free legal aid for people in palliative care by volunteer lawyers in collaboration with Bendigo Health. We understand that legal issues do not arise on their own and are often related to other health and social issues of our clients. We work closely with other local departments to ensure customers get the integrated support they need. Since its inception, the BFVJP has helped 254 women who would otherwise have difficulty accessing legal aid. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, there may be changes to our services and office hours in the coming weeks. We are committed. The BFVJP is made possible through the generous support of our philanthropic partners, the Frances and Harold Abbott Foundation and the trustee-run W.C.F.

Thomas Trust. Legal assistance for clients of the Center for Nonviolence in Bendigo, with a local lawyer three days a week. Legal Assistance for Maryborough District Health Service Clients and People with Crime and Domestic Violence Issues in Maryborough We also fight to change laws and policies that are unfair. We work with our clients and their communities to amplify the voices of rural and regional Victorians and advocate for social justice, equality and inclusion for all. We advocate for the rights of people in rural and regional Victoria who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 26 due to the statutory holiday. However, we recognize that January 26 is not a day to celebrate. Our team is located in Bendigo, with a second office in Maryborough.