The Family Safety Hub’s Health Justice Partnership is now being piloted in three locations across Canberra and is making a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
The Health Justice Partnership was co-designed through the Family Safety Hub’s first challenge topic – early intervention for pregnant women and new families at risk of domestic and family violence.
Legal Aid ACT and Women’s Legal Centre are providing free legal advice in health care settings – Calvary Public Hospital, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the Gungahlin Child and Family Centre.
In the first four months of the pilot:
- More than 70 women have received assistance for over 250 legal issues – one-third of these related to children
- ¼ of these are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
- 1 in 10 have a disability
- Most have never seen a lawyer before
For the next focus area, the Family Safety Hub has partnered with the Children and Young People Commissioner to deliver a challenge focussed on how they might better support young people who are affected by domestic and family violence.
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