Our Supporters

WLSV is funded by the Indigenous Justice and Legal Assistance Division, Attorney General’s Department, Canberra, and Victoria Legal Aid. We also received project funding this financial year from Children’s Court of Victoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice and Regulation, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

WLSV relies on volunteers, pro bono lawyers, donations and in-kind support to extend and enhance its services beyond its funded capacity. Thank you to the following people and organisations which have supported WLSV and its clients this year.

Administrative support

A very special thank you to Kathy Fawcett who has provided administrative support to WLSV for more than 15 years.

Student volunteers and student placements

As part of their university degree a number of law students complete a 12-20 day placement at WLSV. In addition, law students who are in third year, or later, of their degrees volunteer with WLSV. Students on placement and student volunteers assist our lawyers with casework, research, duty lawyer work at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and general administrative duties.

Anna Nguyen
Anni Zhu
Ashlea Swan
Briony Dance
Carlyna Yap
Eliza Panckridge
Georgia Murphy
Georgia Steele

Hima Faiz
Jasmine Dawson
Jazmine Rosart
Josephine Mirarchi
Julia Stocco
Kimberley Hoang
Kimberley Koelmeyer
Laura Haffenden

Lauren Grixti
Maddy Ulbrick
Madeleine Barlow
Mardi Grivas
Melanie Alderton
Mimi Oorloff
Simonne Choen
Sonia Narduzzo

Night phone volunteers

Volunteer lawyers holding a practicing certificate or who are members of the Bar assist women by providing legal information, advice and referrals to callers on our Legal Advice Line.

Alessandra Cavicchia
Alexandra Walker
Alice Carter
Amanda Lee
Andrea Main
Bronwyn Montgomery
Carla Bursich
Carly Boeke
Catherine Moroney
Chiara Bryan
Danielle Sturgeon
Dina Shehata
Elisa Carayannis
Elizabeth Hall
Elizabeth Mathews
Eloise Paxton
Emily Hehir
Emma Heggie
Emmalaura Messer
Erin Rooney
Greta Haywood
Jessica Black
Jillian Williams
Kimberley Hards
Laura Harding
Laura Toll
Lissa Thomas
Loren Gulliver
Madeleine Armstrong
Marita Ham
Miranda Brookes
Natalie Wellard
Nathalie Ng
Rachael Ellerton
Rachael Joachim-Rovira
Robyn Heath
Sally Tyers
Sarah Lacey
Sarah Moore
Shalini Mendis
Sue McLellan
Susan Hamilton-Green
Tanya Lavan
Teresa Fae

Legal assistance

The following barristers and solicitors advised or represented WLSV clients pro bono or on a reduced fee basis:

Alexandra Metherell
Alice Carter
Alison Burt
Andrew Barbayannis
Anna Parker
Anne-Louise Juneja
Barb Phelan
Belle Lane
Bridgette Kildea
Celia Conlan
Chris Nehmy
Danny Cole
Daphne Foong
Emma Heggie
Emma Swart
Hilary Bonney
Jenny Howe
Laura Colla
Laura Johnston
Lyndell McCreadie
Mark Leeton
Michael Bearman
Pat Karnis
Patrick O’Shannessy
Robyn Wheeler
Sharney Jenkinson
Stragen Foo
Tricia Byrnes

Major pro bono project partners

The following firms provide pro bono support and work collaboratively with WLSV on major projects:

Baker McKenzie
Colin Biggers & Paisley

Herbert Smith Freehills

Holding Redlich
Lander & Rogers

In-kind support and donations

The following organisations and people have assisted WLSV this year by providing us with pro bono advice, training and other in-kind contributions:

Acting Inspector Anne Rudd, Victoria Police
Alexandra Judd, CareSuper
Anna Mandoki, Financial Ombudsman Service Australia
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
Bridget Dixon, Victorian Ombudsman
Carol Quayle, Monash Health
Carolyn Bond, Economic Abuse Reference Group
Consumer Action Law Centre
Deakin University
Denise Goldie, Berry Street
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria
Dr Anne Poelina
Dr Juliet Watson, Unison Housing Research Lab, RMIT
Elizabeth McNess, Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Emma Asscher, Office of the Public Advocate
FMC Mediation & Counselling
Former Chief Justice Diana Bryant
Her Honour Judge Bender
Human Rights Law Centre
InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Jenny Peachey, Financial Ombudsman Service Australia
Jill Prior, Law & Advocacy Centre for Women
Jonathan Horne, Siteguard
Julie Kun, WIRE Women’s Information
Justitia Lawyers & Consultants
Katie Rattigan, ANZ
King & Wood Mallesons
Kristian Hollis
Kristie Dunn, Judicial College of Victoria
Laura Vines, Djirra
Lee Formica, Lander & Rogers
Magistrate Hawkins
Magistrate Livingstone
Magistrate Medina
Man With A Van
Marg Nugent, Mallee Family Care
Marie McInerney, media consultant
MaryClare Machen, Drummond Street Relationship Services
Minal Vohra SC
Nathan Burgess, ATO
Organise Us
Paul Glass, barrister
Peter Gartlan, Financial and Consumer Rights Council
Professor Belinda Fehlberg, Melbourne Law School
Rachel Carson, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Russel Kennedy Lawyers
Sandra Buckley, Women in Super
Sandy Ross, Financial and Consumer Rights Council
Sarah Henderson MP
Seniors Rights Victoria
Shirley Abbatovi, Y-M-D
Siba Diqer, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sonia Mete-Smith, Good Shepherd
Victoria Police
Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner
Victorian Women Lawyers
Women with Disabilities Victoria

Escape is No Easy Option

Thankyou to the wonderful creatives who worked with Commoner on our promotional video Escape is No Easy Option on a no-fee basis: Dan Mitton, Juan Pablo, Katie Boyts, Kitty May Allwood, Mark Welker, Natalie Burley, Raylene O’Hare, Sky Davies, Susie Dee, Thomas Hyland and Tim Goodacre.

Public donations

We also gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals who made donations to WLSV over the course of the year.