Welcome to the October 2015 issue of AUSTRALIAN PRO BONO NEWS, the Centre’s monthly newsletter providing stories and articles of interest to the Australian pro bono community.
As always, we welcome your feedback/contributions/ideas – please email [email protected].
For past issues, visit our Australian Pro Bono News page.
With the Australian Government recently announcing a $100 million package of measures to provide a safety net for women and children at high risk of experiencing violence, and calling on the public to elevate this issue to our national consciousness, it is timely to reflect on the pro bono legal work that has been undertaken over the years to address this area of need, and ask what more can be done.
Some firms have been working in this area for well over ten years. Most of the pro bono legal work has been undertaken either by:
- assisting an applicant to seek a Family Violence Order,
- seeking victims compensation, or;
- providing legal support for organisations such as women’s refuges and other service providers.
Legal help has also been provided with related issues of tenancy, migration, crime and child protection, and supporting the organisations that are on the front line of domestic violence matters.
In October 2013 the Centre reported on Pro Bono Legal Services in Family Law and Family Violence: Understanding the Limitations and Opportunities, focusing on pro bono work in these areas of law, profiling innovative programs and describing the the unique challenges faced.
We know some of the stories but would like to invite readers to tell us more. We will endeavour over the coming months to reflect and capture these in forthcoming editions of the Australian Pro Bono News. We encourage you to send contributions to [email protected].
To begin this conversation, this edition starts with a profile of Russell Kennedy’s pro bono work to help victims of family violence.
In this edition, you can also read about: