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Women's Legal Service Victoria is a not for profit organisation which has been providing free legal services to women since 1982. We work with and for women experiencing particular disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.

We are funded by the Indigenous Justice and Legal Assistance Division, Attorney General’s Department, Canberra and Victoria Legal Aid.

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Critical lack of interpreters at courts for family violence victims

2 December 2016

A new research report released by Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) has identified a critical lack of interpreter resources for people applying for a family violence intervention order. This finding is confirmed in the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review Report released on 4 October 2016.

Read the report here

Submission in response to inquiry into implementation of the Children's, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and other matters) Act 2014

25 November 2016

Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) has identified a number of unintended consequences created by recent changes to child protection law in Victoria. In its submission to the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People, WLSV outlined some of the key reasons why recent legal changes intended to provide more timely and permanent care arrangements for vulnerable children haven’t worked.

The changes were made by the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 and took effect in March 2016. 

Read the submission here.

Greens adopt WLSA's 5-step Safety First in Family Law Campaign

2 June 2016

The Greens have announced their domestic violence policy. This policy adopts WLSA's 5-step Safety First in Family Law plan in its entirety.

The plan is supported by over 90 organisations who have signed the open letter to all major political parties as well as former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, who is campaigning in support of the plan.


The announcement from the Greens increases pressure on the Prime Minister as well as the Opposition leader to step up and commit to the plan to make women and children safe in the family law system.


Read our media release here.