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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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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