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Women's Legal Service Victoria is a not for profit organisation which has been providing free legal services to women since 1982. We work with and for women experiencing particular disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.

We are funded by the Indigenous Justice and Legal Assistance Division, Attorney General’s Department, Canberra and Victoria Legal Aid.

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Funding cuts

21 December 2016

Women’s Legal Service Victoria is devastated to learn that we face $200K funding cut from the federal government in July 2017.

Media release can be read here. 

Critical lack of interpreters at courts for family violence victims

2 December 2016

A new research report released by Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) has identified a critical lack of interpreter resources for people applying for a family violence intervention order. This finding is confirmed in the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review Report released on 4 October 2016.

Read the report here

Submission in response to inquiry into implementation of the Children's, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and other matters) Act 2014

25 November 2016

Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) has identified a number of unintended consequences created by recent changes to child protection law in Victoria. In its submission to the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People, WLSV outlined some of the key reasons why recent legal changes intended to provide more timely and permanent care arrangements for vulnerable children haven’t worked.

The changes were made by the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 and took effect in March 2016. 

Read the submission here.