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Rebuilding Strength

We are working with our pro bono partners, Baker & McKenzie and Colin Biggers & Paisley, to provide legal assistance to family violence victim survivors seeking to access Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) awards. By running this series of cases, we aim to investigate and document how the VOCAT system responds to family violence related crimes. Where there are barriers to access to justice for family violence survivors, we aim to make recommendations for change. 

VOCAT awards are an important aspect of recovery for family violence surivors. Such awards can provide family violence survivors with the ability to pay for counselling, the cost of relocation, security, and personal rehabilitation. In the aftermath of family violence, VOCAT is one way to recognise the harm done, and provide support and closure.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended this issue be considered, and in late 2016 the Victorian Law Reform Commission received a reference to enquire into VOCAT and family violence.


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3 October 2017


On November 23  2017 WLSV and the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation are hosting the inaugural Women's Legal Breakfast. Book tickets here.


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8 September 2017


Click here to view our 2017 professional training calendar. Booking online.


Seeking a new Board member

11 August 2017


We are seeking a new Board member to join our diverse and dynamic Board. Currently we are prioritising applicants with accounting and finance skills. In particular, WLSV is seeking a new Treasurer who will also chair the Audit and Risk Committee.

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