The Safe from Harm program is run jointly by the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre and the Moonee Valley Legal Service.
The program provides free specialist family and domestic violence lawyers to eligible people who are experiencing relationship breakdown or family violence.
These lawyers are also responsible for engaging with local communities and services to raise awareness of family violence. They provide free community legal education and outreach services to a range of groups and locations. The program has a particular, but not exclusive focus upon assisting those from amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
The program has been a finalist in the annual Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) award administered by the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women. It was recognised for raising awareness about family violence amongst CALD communities in public housing estates and building trust between cultural groups and legal services.
The Steering Committee for the Safe from Harm program is the Moonee Valley Family Violence Network, a group of family violence service providers, council staff and Victoria Police representatives who meet regularly to co-ordinate local responses to family violence. The network is co-convened by Safe from Harm lawyers and the Moonee Valley City Council.
To check your eligibility and see what we help with click here.
Funding and support
The Safe from Harm program currently receives funding from the Victorian State Government Department of Justice and Regulation.
What we help with
- Family Violence Intervention Orders (IVOs) – applicants and respondents (includes partners, parent/child and other family relationships)
- Parenting arrangements after a couple separate
- Divorce applications
- Personal Safety Intervention Orders –stalking or people had a friendship etc.(not neighbours)