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.

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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.

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NCLC is commencing a new program for women in Mitchell Shire to help address the very high rates of family violence in the community.  The new program will draw on the support of local women and train them to become leaders who can help prevent family violence in the community.    

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Using the same model as in the Take the First Step Mitchell Project above, NCLC will support diverse women from the City of Hume to become peer educators and leaders working to prevent family violence in the community. 

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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.

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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. 


Working with young people in schools and other youth contexts in the City of Hume, this project aims to mitigate trauma arising from family violence and related social issues  and enhance resilience, safety and wellbeing among this age group. 

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Legally Minded

The Legally Minded Project is a joint project of Northern Community Legal Centre and Mind Australia.

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Safe Landing Project

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 experiencing family violence on temporary visas in Melbourne’s north-west. 


TEALS Project

We are delighted to be a recipient of one of this year's Community Legal Grants from the Victoria Law Foundation for our Technology-Enhanced Access to Legal Services (TEALS) Project.


Early Resolution Service

NCLC has received funding under the Justice Recovery Plan (JRP) to participate in an Early Resolution Service (ERS) for family violence intervention order (FVIO) matters.


COVID Response Clinic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCLC have implemented a Free Legal Advice Clinic exclusively for those who have legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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International Student Clinic

Funded by Merri-bek City Council, this project provides legal advice and assistance to international students who live, work and study in the Hume, Merri-bek and Mitchell Shire local government areas.

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Communities for Children

Funded by the Communities for Children Grant (Department of Social Services), this project aims to work with grassroots groups to support gender equity by increasing awareness of factors that contribute to violence against women and children.

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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.

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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 in Melbourne's North West - now the Safe Landing Project.