Community to benefit from new funding
December 7, 2017
Victims of family violence are set to receive additional assistance for legal matters after Central Highlands Community Legal Centre received funding from the Victorian Government through the Community Legal Centre Grants Program.
On Wednesday, Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced CHCLC will receive over $236,000 to assist the community in obtaining appropriate legal and social supports through the following programs:
Recruitments for the Client Advocate positions and a part time Lawyer will commence shortly, with the programs set to begin in the New Year.
Family Violence is prevalent in the Central Highlands and Wimmera regions; above the state average. Research indicates that access to adequate legal representation helps to improve legal outcomes for both parties and ensures that the legal process is understood, is fair and equitable. The lawyer will be able to provide advice, obtain instructions and act for their client in court and complete ongoing case work in relation to family law matters.
The inclusion of a Client Advocate will greatly assist clients in receiving a more holistic service in regards to legal and non-legal need, helping them feel more empowered and gain greater access to accurate and appropriate referral pathways.
Central Highlands Community Legal Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides free legal advice, casework and community legal education to people who live, work and study in the Grampians Region. We are located at 15 Dawson Street North, Ballarat. Further information about the service can be found at www.chclc.org.au.
Quotes Attributable to Matthew Wilson, Principal Solicitor
“The continuation of the duty lawyer service to Ararat and Stawell is great news for the local community and will help have both parties represented at a family violence hearing.”
“A duty lawyer can help clients receive the best legal outcome and can really help reduce client stress”
“Legal and non-legal problems are often intertwined. With this grant, clients will be able to get appropriate supports which can then help clear the way for alleviating continuing legal problems.”
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