More family violence support where it’s needed the most

Emerging Lawyers Program open for applications  

A number of positions for newly admitted lawyers are now open for application through Women’s Legal Service Victoria’s new Emerging Lawyers Program.  

This training and jobs program sets up lawyers for a successful legal career while improving access to family violence and law support across Victoria.   

Women’s Legal is working alongside community legal centres across Victoria to deliver more services.  

CEO Claudia Fatone says legal support is so important to people’s recovery from family violence.

“We’re working with community legal centres across metropolitan and regional Victoria so that more lawyers can be there when a person’s relationship breaks down or family violence occurs,” she said.  

“Everyone deserves to live free from violence, no matter their income or where they live. But right now, too many women experiencing family violence in Victoria are missing out on vital legal support and access to safe, secure housing, both necessary to assist their recovery

“Community legal centres are working together to turn this unjust reality around. 

“We can help to secure safe housing, make agreements to safely look after children, split up assets or bank accounts, organise a new visa, and make sure the bills are paid fairly.”  

The successful Emerging Lawyers will train together as a group across the 18-month program.  

Regional placements are spread across:  


Some of the lawyers will also work across Melbourne and its surrounds, including at:  


“We’re working so that communities and people who are most in need can get what they need to stay safe, secure housing and support to move on from family violence,” Claudia said.   

For more information about the program and to apply go to 

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