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    Legal Services

    INFORMATION FOR WOMEN

    If you are at risk of harm please dial 000.

    NOTICE - OUR LEGAL ADVICE LINE IS CLOSING

    Our Legal Advice Line will be closing from 26 February 2021.

    The final Advice Line session will run on Thursday 25 February, from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

    After this date, free legal advice can be accessed through Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA) Legal Help service.

    Please click here for more information about how you can connect with VLA's Legal help service

    Legal Advice Line - until 25 February 2021

    If you are a woman experiencing family violence or relationship breakdown, please call our Legal Advice Line.

    Phone:

    Melbourne: 8622 0600

    Regional: 1800 133 302

    Hours of operation:

    Tuesday 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

    Thursday 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

    If you need urgent legal advice outside these hours please call Victoria Legal Aid's Legal Help phoneline.

    Our lawyers provide legal advice on family law (such as property settlement and parenting arrangements), family violence (intervention orders) and child protection matters. We do not give second opinions.

    Advice is provided to women only and all our lawyers are women. Interpreter services are available.

    Before calling our Legal Advice Line, please:

    • Write down your questions
    • Write down important events that have happened
    • Have relevant documents handy so you can refer to them

     

    Lawyers at Court

    Duty lawyers are available to assist with Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) cases at most Magistrates' courts across Victoria. We provide this service at Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

    If you have a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) case being heard at Melbourne Magistrates' Court, our duty lawyers can provide free advice, representation and referrals. Please go to Level 6 and ask to see the Women’s Legal lawyer.

    There is also an Applicant Support Worker at court who can provide non-legal support.

    We also provide a duty lawyer service at the Children’s Court in Moorabbin five days per fortnight. Please go to the Victoria Legal Aid counter at Moorabbin Justice Centre if you need assistance from a lawyer the first time you go to court.

    You may be at court all day, so please arrange childcare if possible.

     

    INFORMATION FOR PRACTITIONERS

    Client intake and secondary consultation service

    If you are a legal or community sector worker, you can arrange to speak with our Intake Lawyer for a secondary consultation or to see if your client meets our criteria for ongoing representation.

    If your client appears to meet our criteria for ongoing representation, we can then make an appointment with her to assess her case and provide preliminary advice.

    What legal areas do we practice in?

    Women’s Legal provides legal advice and assistance in the areas of family law, family violence, child protection and victims of crime assistance.

    How to contact our Intake Lawyer

    Please call Women’s Legal reception to arrange a consultation with our Intake Lawyer.

    Tel: 8622 0600

    Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

    Legal representation for your clients

    We represent women experiencing significant disadvantage in family law, family violence and child protection cases. We assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis – see our Casework Guidelines here

    We only accept referrals through partner organisations, community workers and other practitioners working with women experiencing family violence.

    Education & Training

    Our education team delivers practical and accessible legal training programs specifically designed for support practitioners.

    From learning how to identify when your clients need legal help to understanding the laws around child protection, our courses will equip you to better support your clients. 

    We can also tailor a training session for your organisation – please contact us to find out more.

     


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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