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Legal Aid reinstated to help family violence victims

By September 9, 2014No Comments

Funding cuts to Victorian Legal Aid last year saw assistance slashed for people in the Family Court if they were acting against a person who was also unrepresented by a lawyer.

The cuts were heavily criticised, including by the Family Court’s Chief Justice, Diana Bryant, amid fears that leaving parents to cross-examine each other could retraumatise those with a history of family violence.

Now, Legal Aid has made an exception for family violence victims whose perpetrators had been convicted of breaching an intervention order or other family-violence related offences, or if the police or government department had helped them move due to safety concerns. Read more:


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