News & Events

Our holistic Family Violence Service – Cassandra’s story

Not only can we assist a client to apply for and obtain a Family Violence Intervention Order but we can also help with associated legal problems such as fines, consumer debt and Centrelink. Cassandra* is a single mum of two primary school aged children. Cassandra called us a couple of days after making her application […]

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Meet our new lawyers at BCLS – Damien and Alex

Both of the newest members of our team have significant experience within the sector and most recently working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and in remote communities. How long have you been with BCLS? Damien: Two and a half months. Alex: While I have only been at BCLS for the last six months […]

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Reclaiming the Night to launch the Barwon Month of Action

On 26th October 2018, we joined communities across the Barwon region to advocate for the fundamental right of women to be safe and free from violence. Over fifty women, men and children marched through Seagull Paddock in North Geelong to Reclaim the Night before arriving at Diversitat Northern Hub for the official launch of the […]

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BCLS urges the City of Greater Geelong to sign the Mayoral Joint Statement regarding social security for our refugees and asylum seekers

In May 2015, the Department of Home Affairs announced that those who had entered Australia by boat as so-called unauthorised maritime arrivals between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014 would be invited to apply for Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV). Before this, those falling within this category were unable […]

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Respect Cup brings young people together to talk about dating violence and respectful relationships

This year we again partnered with services across the Barwon region to deliver the 2018 Respect Cup which brought ten schools and 150 students together for an interactive day of netball and workshops at the Kardinia Netball Complex. The event engages young people through combining interactive workshops which explore elements of respectful relationships with a […]

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Raising awareness of financial abuse as family violence in community

Not all intimate partner violence is physical. There is often financial control imposed within abusive relationships, and devastating, long-term financial impacts after leaving the relationship. Family violence survivors can inherit debt or poor credit ratings, lose property or have to deal with fines incurred by their abusive current or ex-partner. As part of the Barwon […]

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Sometimes one Emma just isn’t enough

How long have you been with BCLS and what drew you to the community legal sector? Emma C: I began volunteering at BCLS in early 2016 for the Seeking Refuge Project. I’m drawn to the community legal sector as I appreciate that in the public sector the focus is always directed to our clients first […]

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Great result for local dad with Child Support Debt

Peter* has been paying child support for his daughter since she was born. In December 2014 he was incarcerated at the Geelong Withdrawal Unit for 15 months. During this time he was unable to contact the Child Support Agency (CSA) to advise of the change in his circumstances. While he was incarcerated, the CSA assessed […]

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The new faces of the BCLS Social Work Project

BCLS has been offering Social Work services alongside Legal and Community Education services since April 2016. In that time, BCLS social workers have assisted more than 150 clients. Our clients are mostly women who are experiencing, have experienced or are escaping from family violence.  Family violence is a major cause of poverty, disadvantage and mental […]

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BCLS checks the legal pulse of Corio for Law Week 2018

In celebration of Law Week 2018 the BCLS team headed out to the Corio Community Health Centre and provided free legal health checks and information to the local community. We engaged with over 70 community members and completed almost 30 legal health checks with community members. Legal health checks are an important way of identifying […]

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