The Family Violence Program is run by SMLS in conjunction with Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service. The program provides a duty lawyer service at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Thursdays, to assist people who may be appearing in relation to an Intervention Order.
The Family Violence Program also operates a clinic to assist victims of family violence make a claim for compensation to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). The clinic is run with the assistance of students undertaking Advanced Professional Practice with the Faculty of Law, Monash University. The students are fully supervised by a qualified lawyer.
Clients are seen by appointment.
Clients may be referred from our drop in sessions, by Victoria Police or by the court.
SMLS also offers a Children’s Family Violence Duty Lawyer Service. This program provides a duty lawyer service at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Fridays, to assist people who may be appearing in relation to an Intervention Order made on behalf of or responding for a child.