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Boosting support in Court
Emerge is one of eight community agencies involved in a small courts project based at the Moorabbin Justice Centre (MJC) to increase the safety of women experiencing domestic or family violence.
Funded by the Legal Services Board, the project aims to ensure effective cooperation between court staff, support workers and community lawyers to better address family violence services at the courts. The initiative brings together the Salvation Army Family Violence Outreach Program, Connections Uniting Care, Vincent Care, Inner South Community Health Service, Family Life, Hanover Welfare Services and Emerge with St Kilda Legal Service as the lead organisation.
The project launch, which was held in March, was attended by The Honourable Andrew McIntosh, Minister for Corrections and Crime Prevention and other dignitaries. Franz Holzer, the Coordinating Magistrate for the Frankston Region, welcomed the new initiative, which has been developed in response to the growing number of family violence prosecutions in the courts. Across Victoria, magistrates are dealing with up to 80 family violence cases a day, and over the last five years, there has been a 37 per cent growth in Family Violence applications. The Moorabbin Magistrates Court hears between 40 and 70 applications every Monday.
“It is imperative that support and legal assistance is available for all victims of family violence,” said Magistrate Holzer.
This community partnership model between the police, legal aid and outreach programs at the Moorabbin Justice Centre will ensure that those affected by family violence will receive the legal assistance and support they need. A major outcome of the project is to have this integrated response model rolled out to other small courts in Victoria.
Emerge assists women escaping abusive relationships with legal and court support.
Representatives from Family Life, Inner South Community Health Service, Emerge and Hanover are joined at the launch by (left to right) MC Dr Renata Alexander, Magistrate Holzer, Mrs Andrea Coote MP, The Hon Andrew McIntosh, Ms Elizabeth Miller MP and Mr Michael McGarvie.
“It is imperative that support and legal assistance is available for all victims of family violence said Magistrate Holzer”