Northern Community Legal Centre collaborates with community organisations and members, conducting projects that address the social and structural barriers that lead to disadvantage. Our projects aim to support individuals and families to enhance their skills, knowledge, self-efficacy, social inclusion and community connectedness. Through our community engagement activities, NCLC is able to build our understanding of the issues impacting upon our community members, ensuring that we have a solid evidence base for our advocacy work.
Justice Barriers Research Project
In partnership with the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, this project examines the barriers and system issues faced by culturally and linguistically diverse women in Melbourne’s North-West when accessing court services as applicants for family violence intervention orders.
Take the First Step - Campaign
The Take the First Step campaign, which includes the Take the First Step video, encourages newly arrived women who are at risk of, or experiencing family violence to seek help. Resources are available to partner organisations who'd like to assist in promoting the campaign.
NCLC has commenced a new program for women in Mitchell Shire and the City of Hume to help address the very high rates of family violence in the community. The new program draws on the support of local women and trains them to become leaders who can help prevent family violence in the community.
Safe Landing Project (Extension)
The Safe Landing Project extends the model of integrated migration and family violence related law – as piloted within the two-year Indian Women’s Family Violence Project – to all women on temporary visas who are experiencing family violence. The Project was recently funded for another four years, extending its reach beyond Melbourne's North-West to incorporate communities in the South-East with the help of our partners at South-East Monash Legal Service.
North-West Enhanced Pathways Project
Working collaboratively with Maternal Child Health Services, this project aims to intervene early to prevent vulnerable women and children in our regions from experiencing family violence and family separation through enhanced safety pathways, within an integrated legal health model.
Dallas Neighbourhood House Project
In partnership with Dallas Neighbourhood House, NCLC trained 12 women from the City of Hume to support other women in their community experiencing family violence. The project included the co-design of an educational video and the launch of our Take the First Step campaign, which provides resources and information for newly arrived women.
Funded by the Victorian Law Foundation, the Technology-Enhanced Access to Legal Services (TEALS) Project aimed to explore whether an interactive online tool – the 'Legal Connector' – could streamline NCLC's triage process in an efficient, safe and informative way.
International Student Clinic
Funded by Merri-bek City Council, this project provided legal advice and assistance to international students who live, work and study in the Hume, Merri-bek and Mitchell Shire local government areas.
Communities for Children
Funded by the Communities for Children Grant (Department of Social Services), this project worked with grassroots groups to support gender equity by increasing awareness of factors that contribute to violence against women and children.
Kangan TAFE Project
From December 2018 to December 2020, Northern Community Legal Centre provided community legal education, legal advice and casework services to approximately 800 people of refugee and recently arrived backgrounds enrolled in the Adult Migrant English Programs (AMEP) at Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows.
Indian Women's Family Violence Project
The Indian Women’s Family Violence Project commenced in early 2019 and concluded in April 2021. Extra funding has been provided to extend the project's integrated service model to include all women on temporary visas who are experiencing family violence across a wider area of Melbourne - now the Safe Landing (Extension) Project.