Integrated Services for Survivor Advocacy

This is our longest-running clinic. Run in conjunction with the Integrated Services for Survivor Advocacy (ISSA) at Springvale Monash Legal Service (4 places, all clinical periods), this clinic offers legal services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

This placement is designed for students who have developed an interest during Professional Practice in supporting victims of sexual assault. Students will undertake casework in conjunction with ISSA staff as needed. The clinic is intended for emotionally mature students who see themselves as potential criminal lawyers (whether acting for the prosecution or defence), as well as students interested in personal injury law and other areas of law that involve dealing with vulnerable and marginalised populations.

Activities include:

  • Providing legal information, advice and support to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and their families;
  • Assisting in the preparation of compensation applications to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT), in accordance with the Victims of Crime Assistance Act;
  • Liaising with expert witnesses (e.g. psychologists and psychiatrists) to obtain reports in support of applications to VOCAT;
  • Briefing of barristers and attendance at VOCAT hearings;
  • Preparation of Sentencing Act applications (where compensation is sought from the offender themselves, as part of the offender’s sentencing process);
  • Assistance and ongoing legal casework in a range of related areas, which might include: the preparation of a divorce application (this may include an opportunity to represent the applicant in a divorce hearing), preparation of a new will, etc; and
  • Other administrative duties as directed.