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New report reveals how Australia’s child support system facilitates economic abuse of women

Media release / Sunday 5 May 2024 National peak body Women’s Legal Services Australia released their research report into the non-payment of child support as a form of economic abuse of Australian women. The non-payment of child support is a deeply gendered issue and remains an unrecognised form of economic abuse by many Australian Government agencies and financial institutions. The …

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New report reveals how Australia’s child support system facilitates economic abuse of women – WLSA

Women’s Legal Service Australia have released our literature review on the non-payment and underpayment of child support as economic abuse against women and children. The literature reveals extensive evidence of the way fathers are using child support as a weapon to perpetrate ongoing gendered violence against mothers. Urgent reforms are needed to ensure fathers cannot continue to avoid paying child …

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PLO Stephanie Monck runner up in 2024 CP Awards

We are very proud that Women’s Legal Service WA’s Principal Legal Officer, Stephanie Monck, was the runner up finalist of the Rona Oakley Consumer Protection Award 2024. Stephanie is widely respected in the broader legal sector and beyond. Stephanie goes above and beyond the expectations of a PLO on an everyday basis. Her advocacy for improved justice outcomes for women, …

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Funds raised for WLSWA clients at IWD event

  Women’s Legal Service WA were the nominated beneficiary of fundraising at a Financial Advice Association Australia International Women’s Day Event 2024. More than $5,000 was raised and which will be added to an emergency relief bucket for expenses that women need to cover, and that is critical for their safety and wellbeing. WLSWA MR FAAA IWD 110324

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33rd Annual March Against Domestic and Family Violence

WLSWA are honoured to be participating in the 33rd Annual March Against Domestic and Family Violence. Violence against women and children is preventable. Together we can change the story and create a future where we are all safe and thriving. Please join us in marching against domestic and family violence on Tuesday 5 December 10am-1pm at Forrest Chase, Perth.  

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Safer Advocacy & Information in Legal Services (SAILS)

The SAILS project will work towards building the community legal sector’s capability to appropriately screen for family and domestic violence risk and act on information given by a woman to ensure her safety. Implementing an appropriate evidence-based screening tool that meets the unique practices and capacity implications of WLSWA and other CLCs. Supporting CLCs with training, procedures, policies and information …

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Reform of WA Sexual Offence Laws – Key Learnings from other States and Territories – Meeting Recording

To coincide with prospective changes to Western Australia’s sexual offence laws, WLSWA co-hosted WA Sexual Offence Laws: Key Learnings from other States and Territories, with the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing. We had presenters from around Australia who talked to their respective experiences of participating in processes to modernise sexual offence laws and improve victim-survivor’s access to justice. Nadia …

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WLSA Position Summary 2023

Please see attached WLSA’s Position Summary on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill. WLSA Position Summary – Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023

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