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Small Claims, Large Battles

We established the Small Claims, Large Battles project to promote the economic recovery of vulnerable women after relationship breakdown. Through providing legal representation, conducting research interviews and engaging in advocacy we aimed to deepen current knowledge and develop strategies to improve access to family law property settlements for women with small claims.

In 2015, WLSV conducted the Stepping Stones project, which provided legal representation and financial counselling assistance and illuminated the issue of economic abuse.[1] Among other findings, the project highlighted challenges that victims of economic abuse face in the family law system while seeking a property settlement. That project was a key inspiration for Small Claims, Large Battles and its focus on vulnerable women’s access to the family law system.

The Small Claims project targets women at risk of poverty and disadvantage, who have few assets, no assets, or have joint debts arising from their past relationship. Their share from any property settlement will not be sufficient to pay for private legal representation, and yet, because of their financial vulnerability, they are the most in need of urgent access to a fair property settlement following separation.

Small Claims, Large Battles Research Report 2018


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