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Women, Lawyers, Workers Project
The Women, Lawyers, Workers Project provides free legal advice via Skype to women who are experiencing family violence, as well as workers who work in the family violence field. This three-year project was funded by the Legal Services Board (Victoria) and is led by WHIN, Women's Health Goulburn North East and Berry Street in close partnership with Women's Legal Service Victoria.
The Project aims to prevent new or on-going violence against women who are getting ready to leave, or have left violent relationships by providing legal advice on the complexities of the legal system which governs family law matters, from children's living arrangements, Intervention Orders to property settlement after separation. Women who are experiencing family violence can obtain legal advice on Family Law related matters with the support of a worker from participating agencies. Workers supporting women are also able to have secondary consultations with the lawyers about family matters.
Appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and can be scheduled through a shared Google Calendar. Skype appointments are open to:
- Women who are or were experiencing family violence where family violence is a significant contributing or complicating factor to their legal issue;
- Women actively engaged with a participating agency; and
- Women who do not have legal representation or their current legal representation is not meeting their needs.
A brochure explaining the Project to women who wish to participate can be found here.
A brochure explaining the Project to workers can be found here.
The Project uses Google Calendar to schedule appointments with lawyers. A video explaining how to use Google Calendar can be found below.