Why didn’t you ask?

Our new family violence prevention project, Why didn’t you ask?, breaks new ground by documenting women’s experiences of the legal interventions that followed family violence. The project will improve the safety, social and health outcomes for women at risk of, or experiencing family violence.

Why didn’t you ask? is a three-year project that will employ a solicitor and a social worker to work with stakeholders to address the factors that regularly undermine otherwise effective family violence legal assistance services across the Loddon Campaspe region, in particular:

  • insufficient thought given to the views of victims in relation to safety, social well-being and health outcomes, and
  • inconsistent service delivery across the region

Through understanding women’s experiences of legal interventions we will be able to identify their preferred outcomes in relation to family violence. The project will:

  • focus on the health benefits of effective legal interventions
  • build collaborative relationships across legal, health and social services, and
  • engage effectively with Indigenous communities.

The project will be subject to rigorous evaluation. A Steering Committee of stakeholders recently met with Loddon Campaspe CLC’s project team and the project evaluators to fine tune the project. The project team has linked into Bendigo family violence networks and is investigating opportunities for working in towns across the region that do not have an on-the-ground community legal centre.

Why Didn’t You Ask? is funded by the Legal Services Board.


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