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Family Violence Community Breakfast Information Session - Community Legal

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45-47 MacKay St, Wangaratta

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A series of 10 information sessions to educate and engage community members about the services provided within the family violence sector in Ovens Murray. Each session is held over breakfast time on the last wednesday of the month. This session focusses on family violence in a family law context.

Getting family violence and family matters resolved as quickly as possible usually results in better outcomes for everyone, including children. Funded by Victoria Legal Aid, the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (HRCLS) continuity of service program gives people access to a free family lawyer at the Magistrates Court in Wangaratta and Wodonga. This lawyer can help with family violence intervention order and family law matters.

Family Law assistance can be through negotiation and advice, mediation or through court proceedings where necessary. HRCLS also provides generalist legal services on every day legal problems, including such as fines, credit and debt issues, consumer complaints and motor vehicle accidents. HRCLS also makes referrals to other services, such as financial counselling and drug and alcohol support.

HRCLS lawyer Alison Maher is hosting a presentation at the Ovens Murray Family Violence Information session in Wangaratta at Gateway Health on August 30.

Ms Maher will explain how the family law works in children’s matters where parents have separated.

“The most important thing to remember is the needs of the child have to go first,” she said. “Getting legal advice early allows people to be informed and make better decisions. This often leads to a quicker resolution and allows families to move on with their lives.”

Ms Maher will talk about how to refer to HRCLS and what options are available for families needing assistance.

For more information about how HRCLS may help with family violence and family law matters, please call 1800 918 377.

For more information about this event contact Alison Maclean or Jasmine Isaacs at Women's Health Goulburn North East on 57223009

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