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Increasing demand for family services

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Cite as: August 2015 89 (8) LIJ, p.15

Family violence and family law are the top two specialist areas/client groups for community legal centres, National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) chair Michael Smith  has told members of Parliament and senators. 

Mr Smith and representatives of allied organisations met with Parliamentarians against Family Violence, a bipartisan parliamentary friendship group convened by MPs Tim Watts, Ken Wyatt and Andrew Broad in June.

They told parliamentarians that increasing demand for family violence-related assistance is contributing to a crisis and impacting the ability of legal and non-legal service providers to help.

“CLCs are increasingly responding to the crisis in family violence at their services right across Australia. Family violence and family law are the top two specialist areas/client groups for CLCs, which indicates the huge demand for assistance across Australia every year,” Mr Smith said.

“Legal help for women and children experiencing family violence is not just about intervention or restraining orders. It also means helping in related areas, such as family law, tenancy, housing, social security, debt, child protection and a range of others.”

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