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Starts With Us

Legal & justice sector action to prevent violence

against women

Starts With Us is a project that aims to support and encourage Victorian legal and justice professionals and organisations to take action to prevent violence against women.

The project is for everyone working in legal and justice – lawyers, judges, administrative staff, paralegals, policy advisers, legal educators, court staff and more.

The project has four distinct phases: 1) sector research on sexism and gender inequality; 2) a forum, attended by legal and justice sector leaders, to discuss the research and commit to action; 3) action planning by the sector to remedy sexism and gender inequality in legal and justice workplaces; 4) sector-wide implementation of the action plan.

Starts With Us is funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Free From Violence strategy and is part of a state-wide coordinated effort to prevent violence against women.

Starts With Us - Research Paper

Starts With Us - Media Release

Starts With Us - Media Fact Sheet

New 2021 survey for legal & justice sector workers

Share your story as part of our new legal & justice sector survey, which looks at experiences of gender inequality and how they intersect with other forms of disadvantage, such as cultural/religious background, sexuality, class, race, or age. The survey will run through April 2021.

Find out more about this research or take the survey via this link


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What's News

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


Gender inequality in legal & justice sector

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 


Job Opportunity - Financial Counsellor

25 March 2021


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