Bendigo Family Violence Justice Project (BFVJP)
More than two thirds of ARC Justice clients experience or have a legal problem relating to family violence. Being able to access timely legal advice and other specialist supports is critical to the safety, wellbeing and recovery of victim/survivors and their children.
Since 2018, Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre has been working with the Centre for Non-Violence to make legal help services more accessible to women affected by family violence in the Greater Bendigo region.
In 2019, the Bendigo Family Violence Justice Project was formed with a grant from the Frances and Harold Abbott Foundation. This project involves a lawyer from LCCLC co-located at the CNV office providing integrated legal support to women affected by family violence and with related legal issues.
Since it’s formation the BFVJP has assisted 160 women who may otherwise have struggled to access legal assistance.
These women now have access to legal help in a safe, private and supportive environment at CNV. Working alongside family violence case managers at CNV, the BFVJP lawyer provides legal help with intervention orders, family law parenting and property matters, child protection, and civil law matters commonly associated with family violence such as housing, credit and debt. This support has been especially critical during COVID-19 with many women and children at increased risk of family violence, financial stress and instability.
The BFVJP is made possible by generous grants the Frances and Harold Abbott Foundation and W.C.F. Thomas Trust, administered by Equity Trustees. Learn more about the project here.