OUR LEGAL CENTRE
The inTouch Legal Centre (iTLC) was established in 2012. We provide legal advice and assistance to clients who are receiving our family violence case management support.
What our legal centre does
Our family violence caseworkers and lawyers work together to provide a holistic service to migrant and refugee women experiencing family violence. We are the first multidisciplinary practice in Australia who does this.
Why our service is unique
In our legal team, we have lawyers and two migration agents who are highly experienced in working with women from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Our lawyers understand the additional barriers that our clients face when accessing the legal system.
Who can access our services
Our legal centre receives internal referrals from our family violence case workers.
Our clients are supported by a case worker and benefit from integrated practice and interdisciplinary face-to-face communication.
What services we provide
Our services include professional advice, assistance and referrals with:
- protection from family violence – intervention orders
- family law – dispute resolution
- property and financial
- airport watch list
- child support and spousal maintenance
- immigration – spousal visas
- applying under family violence provision
- Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) applications.
- and other legal services.
Legal help with migration
We have 2 experienced Registered Migration Agents (RMA) who specialise in working with clients who are eligible to access the family violence provisions in the Migration Act 1958.
We help applicants continue with their visa applications for permanent residence by preparing files, submitting applications to the Department of Home Affairs and following up until the final decision is reached.
Family violence provisions in the Migration Act
Victims of family violence on partner and other temporary visas are able to leave abusive relationships without losing their entitlements to a permanent visa.
This is allowed by the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994 which allow certain people applying for permanent residence in Australia to continue with their applications after the breakdown of their married or de facto relationship.
The Health Justice Partnership with Dandenong Hospital
The Health Justice Partnership is based on a healthcare model that integrates legal assistance as a vital component of healthcare. The partnership enables the early identification of issues and provides a direct referral pathway from health professionals at the hospital to our onsite legal service. This has the capacity to improve the health outcome, safety and wellbeing of women who may otherwise slip through the gaps of the service system.