‘Will somebody listen to me?’ Report released into family violence in regional Victoria - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

‘Will somebody listen to me?’ Report released into family violence in regional Victoria

May 29, 2015

‘I want to change this for every woman, just a normal thing that women and children should be safe.’

The Bendigo-based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre has launched a report outlining the experiences, concerns and advice of regional Victorian women who have encountered family violence.

Will Somebody Listen to Me?‘ is the culmination of three years’ work on a project which targeted family violence in central Victoria.

The Legal Services Board’s Grants Program initially funded the project in 2012, providing $449,000 for additional legal support services to be located in regional courts at Bendigo, Echuca and Maryborough. New support services were also established in the Swan Hill and Kyneton courts.

The Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Service surveyed 190 women during the project, with 27 women consenting to in-depth interviews about their experiences.

The project’s final report shows that the additional court services led to an increase in the number of women who were able to access legal representation in regional Victoria for family violence matters. The report also offers pragmatic solutions for changes in the way family violence is handled within rural and regional communities.

Will Somebody Listen to Me?‘ has been published in both an abridged and full version, and has been provided to decision-makers, community organisations and the media.

The report was launched on 5 May 2015, the day that the Royal Commission into Family Violence sat in Bendigo.