Safer Families training 

    Safer Families is a professional development program that supports community legal centre lawyers to provide high quality, effective advice and representation to clients experiencing family violence. 

    For more information CLICK HERE


    Women and the Law: Practical Legal Essentials

    Our Women and the Law training program is specifically designed for family violence support and community health practitioners. It aims to help practitioners identify potential legal issues their clients might be facing and confidently provide accurate legal information to them.

    For more information please give us a call on 03-8622 0600.

    Critical Legal Issues Map Training

    Critical Legal Issues Map Training is designed for specialist family violence practitioners and other practitioners working with clients affected by family violence, as they are often the first point of contact for those experiencing family violence.

    The foundation level training covers legal essentials in family violence, family law and child protection law, with a focus on early identification of legal issues, the provision of legal information and referral for legal advice.

    The advanced level training is for practitioners providing ongoing support and case planning, and covers legal processes and their complex interactions in more depth. To be eligible for this training, you must either have participated in the Foundation level training and/or have basic knowledge about family violence law, family law and child protection law.

    For more information and to book for Advanced Level training in May and June 2021, click here.

    Further foundation and advanced sessions will be scheduled for 2021-2022. To be notified of future sessions, click here.


    Our Education and Engagement team can design and deliver specialised training programs based on your organisation’s specific objectives and requirements.

    We currently offer training and professional development in the following areas:

    • Family Law
    • Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic)
    • Family Dispute Resolution with Legal Assistance
    • Trauma and Vicarious Trauma
    • Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCAT)
    • Case Notes training for family violence workers 

    We can also tailor something specifically for your team. To find out more, contact us on 03-8622 0600.


    Over the past four years, more than 6,000 people have attended our education, training and professional development sessions.

    Some of our clients include:

    • Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service
    • Berry Street
    • Centre of Excellence in Child & Family Welfare
    • Community West
    • Deakin University
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Justice
    • Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria 
    • Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service
    • Federation of Community Legal Centres
    • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (formally Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service)
    • Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria
    • The Jewish Women’s Taskforce Against Family Violence
    • La Trobe University
    • Law Institute of Victoria
    • Men’s Referral Service
    • MOSAIC Mothers’ Advocates in the Community (La Trobe University)
    • MOVE Improving Maternal and Child Health Nurse Care for Vulnerable Mothers
    • North Yarra Community Health
    • Public Interest Law Clearing House
    • Relationships Australia Victoria
    • RMIT University
    • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault
    • The University of Melbourne
    • Victoria University
    • WIRE – Women’s Information Referral Exchange
    • Women’s Health Goulburn North East
    • Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria 
    • Women’s Health West

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    What's News

    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

    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