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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
International Student Clinic
Funded by Moreland City Council, this project provides legal advice and assistance to international students who live, work and study in the Hume, Moreland and Mitchell Shire local government areas.
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.
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 in Melbourne's North West - now the Safe Landing Project.