Past sessions/events

Free Session for Community Workers – Family Violence Intervention Orders


BCLS provided an overview of the services we offer clients experiencing family violence and the impact of cross applications for Family Violence Intervention Orders on 17 November 2016. This event is part of the Month of Action to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women and Children


Pop Up Legal Health Checks!


To celebrate Law Week this year we were out in our community offering free legal health checks and a shot in our blizzard machine to win instant prizes. A legal health check is a conversation starter to help people identify their legal problems and get help. There was an opportunity for community members to have a one–on–one chat with a legal professional and also take away resources to read at home. We ran six successful days of events in three locations, spending time at Bellarine Village in Newcomb, Colac Woolworths and Market Square in Geelong and spoke to over 1200 people. Thank you to the Victorian Law Foundation for a grant to allow us to run these events. Check out the Legal Health Check resource at:


Geelong Elder Abuse Forum

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This year for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day the third Geelong Elder Abuse Forum was held. Free event for Community Care Workers, Community Workers and people who work in Aged ServicesIt was a practical session on recognising Elder Abuse with guest speakers: Kathy Day, Karingal and Gary Ferguson, Seniors Rights Victoria. This event was organised by Barwon Elder Abuse Awareness Network.


Elephant in your room?


When people are talking about the “elephant in the room” they are referring to something that is hard to talk about, like family violence. Those of us that work in this area appreciate the scale of the problem, the devastating effects it has on individuals, families and communities and the reluctance of many to acknowledge the issue.

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The Court Experience – Free Session for Community Workers

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We ended 2015 on a high with local community workers attending a sold out interactive and informative session – The Court Experience:  Family Violence, Intervention Orders and Victim’s Compensation. Barwon Community Legal Service teamed up with Geelong Law Courts, Minerva Community Services, Bethany Community Support, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Deakin University, Victoria Police and Victoria Legal Aid to provide workers with a greater understanding of the Court process and how to support clients with family violence matters.


Flash Mob!!!


On Saturday 12 November, Barwon Community Legal Service joined staff from Bethany Community Support, Diversitat, City of Greater Geelong and a bunch of young people to stop traffic in Geelong CBD between Market Square and Westfield Shopping Centres. The group surprised unassuming shoppers with a Flash Mob dance in the street that was aimed at raising awareness about respect and healthy relationships. This Flash Mob community campaign is one of many events being run as part of the Barwon Month of Action to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women.

The Flash mob was choreographed by Irene, a talented young person, and consisted of some fun and challenging dance moves that the group has been practicing in lunch breaks and at the fOrT over the last few weeks. Jillian Chapman from Barwon Community Legal Service who coordinated the event said that “dancing in the streets to raise awareness about respect and healthy relationships is one way to tackle family violence through education. We hope that the Flash Mob will be a conversation starter for people to talk about what is a healthy relationship.”

Someone respects you when they accept that you have a right to do and say what you want. If someone treats you with respect you feel free to:

  • say no to things you don’t want to do
  • express your opinions and beliefs
  • see other friends and family when you want
  • change your mind
  • end the relationship if you want to
  • keep some things private – on and offline
  • and you feel safe, never scared and good about yourself.

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