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About Us

 

Who we are

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.

What we do

We provide legal advice and representation to women experiencing disadvantage.

We advocate for law and policy that respects and promotes the rights of women.

We build the capacity of other professionals and the community to identify and respond appropriately to legal need.

Why we exist

We exist to help build a gender equitable country.

Our unique contribution to this vision, as lawyers, advocates and educators, is to work alongside women experiencing disadvantage to promote their rights to live free from violence and make informed choices about their relationships.

Our impact

Our Strategy sets out the impact we aim to have through our work. It also explains how we do our work, how we make decisions about what we do and how we continue to develop our organisational model in order to be as effective as possible.

Annual reports

2020

WLSV Financial Report 2020

2019

WLSV Financial Report 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

WLSV Financial Report 2014

2013

WLSV Financial Report 2013

2012

WLSV Financial Report 2012

2011

2010

2009

2008


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What's News

Family Court merger will impact families

21 February 2021


The passage of the Family Court merger bill is a disappointing outcome for the safety of women and children. See the response from a coalition of 155 legal and community advocates here.


Congratulations to our CEO

4 December 2020


Congratulations to our CEO Joanna Fletcher, who in March 2021 will be taking up the position of Executive Director of Family, Youth and Children’s Law at Victoria Legal Aid. More on this announcement here


Women's welcomes extension to child protection timeframes during COVID

22 October 2020


New Victorian legislation will give vulnerable women extra time to address child protection concerns during COVID-19 but more permanent reform is needed. Read our media release here