The Family Violence Clinic

In this placement, students provide assistance to victims of family violence. This clinic is designed for students who are interested in assisting victims of family violence by attending the court on family violence list days and assisting the duty lawyer and to help clients make victims of crime applications to the Victims of Crime Tribunal.

The clinic is based at Springvale Monash Legal Service.

Activities include: Providing legal information, advice and support to victims of family violence;·Attendance at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on a weekly basis, where we provide duty lawyer support and representation to people with family violence matters; ·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 toVOCAT; ·Briefing of barristers and attendance at VOCAThearings; ·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.

Pre-requisite Units:  LAW4328 (or LAW5216), LAW4330 (or LAW5218) or LAW5050