Popular collaborative event in Geelong

The Court Experience – Free Session for Community Workers


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. As part of the event BCLS hosted the Western CLC November NoViolence plays to introduce the various types of family violence.


PHOTO caption: Professional Actor Rhett Hughes (who plays Mike) and Volunteer Actor and Community Lawyer, Western CLC Marijana Gralijuk (who plays Lucy) in a dramatic play about Mike controlling and financially abusing his wife, Lucy. The play effectively raises awareness about the forms of Family Violence with an aim to stop violence against women and children.


We know that 1 in 3 women experience violence and that family violence is the leading cause of injury and ill-health in women between the ages of 15 and 45. Each year, the Barwon region runs the Month of Action (MoA) to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women and to raise awareness of family violence across the community, with a focus on prevention and how best to respond to family violence. This Court experience event was part of the Barwon Month of Action.


Would you like to know more about the law?

BCLS can design and deliver information sessions tailored to the needs of your community organisation, community / client group and the general public at a venue to suit you.

To discuss or request a tailored information session, a series of workshops, or for more information, please contact our Community Legal Education Coordinator on 1300 430 599 or education@barwoncls.org.au