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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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New Fed Govt funding welcomed

12 May 2021


Women's Legal Services Australia welcomes news of an additional $129 million of funding announced in the Federal Budget for women's legal services around the country. Read our media release here


New CEO for Women's Legal

8 April 2021


We are excited to announce that Serina McDuff has been appointed as our new CEO. More details here


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29 March 2021


Share your story as part of our new survey, which looks at experiences of gender inequality and how they intersect with other forms of disadvantage, such as cultural background, sexuality, class, religion, race, or age. More info here