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Without Prejudice – a Q & A with Barwon Community Legal Service

Damien Pitts from the Barwon Community Legal Service appeared on Mitchell’s Front Page to talk about the laws around voting and elections. [button href=”https://mitchellsfrontpage.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/20190506-CommunityLegal.mp3″...

Our School Lawyer Program arrives at Western Heights College 

We have partnered with Western Heights College to establish a school lawyer program. Damien Pitts of BCLS is the school lawyer and is part...

Don’t ignore your fines and infringements – get help early to avoid paying more

Did you know that the longer you leave an infringement notice (a fine), the more serious it can become? Get legal help early and...

Our holistic Family Violence Service – Cassandra’s story

Not only can we assist a client to apply for and obtain a Family Violence Intervention Order but we can also help with associated...

Meet our new lawyers at BCLS – Damien and Alex

Both of the newest members of our team have significant experience within the sector and most recently working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Reclaiming the Night to launch the Barwon Month of Action

On 26th October 2018, we joined communities across the Barwon region to advocate for the fundamental right of women to be safe and free...

BCLS urges the City of Greater Geelong to sign the Mayoral Joint Statement regarding social security for our refugees and asylum seekers

In May 2015, the Department of Home Affairs announced that those who had entered Australia by boat as so-called unauthorised maritime arrivals between 13...

Respect Cup brings young people together to talk about dating violence and respectful relationships

This year we again partnered with services across the Barwon region to deliver the 2018 Respect Cup which brought ten schools and 150 students...

Raising awareness of financial abuse as family violence in community

Not all intimate partner violence is physical. There is often financial control imposed within abusive relationships, and devastating, long-term financial impacts after leaving the...

Sometimes one Emma just isn’t enough

How long have you been with BCLS and what drew you to the community legal sector? Emma C: I began volunteering at BCLS in...

Great result for local dad with Child Support Debt

Peter* has been paying child support for his daughter since she was born. In December 2014 he was incarcerated at the Geelong Withdrawal Unit...

The new faces of the BCLS Social Work Project

BCLS has been offering Social Work services alongside Legal and Community Education services since April 2016. In that time, BCLS social workers have assisted...