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Respondent Postcard

Respondent Postcard

In collaboration with Victoria Police, SFH has created a multi-lingual resource as a co-ordinated response addressing language and cultural barriers faced by CALD Respondents to family violence intervention orders (“FVIOs”). The resource is in the form of a postcard with information translated into Arabic, Somali and Vietnamese languages.

The project’s aim is to reduce breaches of intervention orders by ensuring that at the earliest possible stage, Respondents are aware of the availability of free legal advice and other appropriate referrals. Since May 2016, Victoria Police have attached the Respondent postcards to family violence intervention orders served upon Respondents residing in the City of Moonee Valley.

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Family Law Legal Clinic Outreaches

As at 2016, SFH is running two free family law clinics from two outreach sites: Flemington Community Centre occuring one Wednesday each month Ascot Vale West Primary School occuring one Thursday each month For free advice around family law issues, make an appointment by contacting Moonee Valley Legal Service on 03 9376 7929
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Legal Education Sessions for English Language classes

Safe From Harm delivered four legal education sessions in August to English Language classes in various locations throughout Ascot Vale and Essendon in partnership with Wingate Avenue Community Centre. The sessions included an easy-to-understand media component and worksheets exploring the concept of "rights and responsibilities"; how and why laws are made in Australia; as well as…
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New Safe from Harm Lawyer – Moonee Valley Legal Service

Safe from Harm has welcomed Elizabeth Bitar in the role of Family Violence Lawyer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service replacing Lauren Hills in the role. Lauren Hills has moved into the role of Manager of the Moonee Valley Legal Service overseeing Elizabeth in her new role. Elizabeth brings with her experience working with the…
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Safe from Harm shortlisted for SWECO Award

Safe from Harm is happy to announce that we have been shortlisted by the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women for their Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Award ("SWECO" Award). We were nominated in the category of 'Empowering Women in a Community or Organisation in Australia.' For further information about this award and…
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Primary School Outreaches

Safe from Harm is now conducting outreaches at local Primary Schools. You can talk to one of our lawyers at the following times:- Debney Meadows Primary School 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays Flemington Primary School 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursdays Contact Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre on (03) 9376 4355 or your local primary school…
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White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is coming up on 25 November 2014. You can find out what events are happening in your local area by clicking here. Get involved and support this important campaign to stop men's violence against women.  
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Safe from Harm in the media

Since the beginning of the Safe from Harm project, staff from the service have appeared in a number of newspaper and magazine articles promoting the work of the project. Here is a sample of some of those stories:-   Further articles, and electronic copies of some of the above articles, can also be found at…
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Ladies Day Out

On Friday 26th June Safe from Harm, in partnership with Wingate Avenue Community Centre, held a Ladies Day Out for residents of the Ascot Vale public housing estate. The event was for local female residents and allowed them to come along and receive free pampering beauty treatments and giveaways. The event was incredibly popular with…
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“Who Can Help?” Forum

On 22 May 2014 Safe from Harm ran an information sharing forum titled "Who Can Help?" The forum was targeted at workers in the region who might come into contact with people experiencing family violence and provided them with information about family violence support services in the area. Representatives from twelve different agencies presented at the forum. These…
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