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Why didn't you ask?


Loddon Campaspe CLC’s Family Violence service at local courts taught us that women often arrive at court not knowing what to expect from the legal process or how an Intervention Order will meet their needs.

We also know that courts often make assumptions about what victims of family violence want from the legal system.

So we decided to take one step back and to ask women themselves what they wanted.

The project has also seen us extend our Family Violence Legal Service from three to five courts in our region.

The project has formed and strengthened partnerships with specialist family violence support organisations, regional Aboriginal collectives and community health providers.

The project undertook research into when and how health professionals screened for family violence and how they provided referrals to legal and other supports.

Why didn’t you ask? delivered education sessions in relation to screening and referral options for women who were experiencing family violence and who presented to their health care professional.

The projects also delivered community legal education sessions on family violence and legal protections for those at risk of family violence. Sessions were available to a variety of groups and community service organisations.

The projects interim survey results were published in October 2013, and the final report was launched in May 2015.

The final report will support ongoing advocacy and law reform efforts in this space, for example Loddon Campaspe CLC’s submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

CLC/Agency Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Project resources PDF FV_Abridged_online.pdf
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Area of Law
  • Family or domestic violence
  • People experiencing family or domestic violence
  • State government
  • Women
  • VIC
Method of Delivery
  • Community consultation
  • Policy development
  • Research, survey or needs analysis
  • Submission
Project Type
  • Community Development
  • Community Legal Education
  • Law Reform
    Project uploaded to CLEAR 11th November 2013
    Contact Person Bonnie Renou
    Contact Position Lawyer
    Contact Email
    Contact Phone (03) 5444 4364
    Evaluation Not Stated

    Interim Report video presentation (Nov. 2013)

    Interim Report results blog post&

    Sponsor / Partner Agencies

    Legal Services Board

    Review Date 19th May 2017

    Disclaimer: Laws and policies are often changing. We encourage you to check the currency of any laws or policies referenced in the above CLEAR project.

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