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Winter Forum ‘CALD and African-Australian Communities within Family Law: Access and Equality from a

The VFLPN Winter Forum focused on the theme of ‘CALD and African-Australian Communities within Family Law: Access and Equality from a Woman’s Perspective’. The forum was the long awaited partner to a similar event held at the Dandenong Registry in 2014 regarding African male perspectives. Keynote Speaker: Kathrine Deng from InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence Kathrine provided an informative break down of South Sudanese culture and detailed how marriage is understood within the South Sudanese community. The juxtaposition between Sudanese and Australian matrimonial traditions framed the main talking points of the forum. Kathrine explained that South Sudan has a population of

‘Family Violence and the Law’ training for law students

On 19 July 2016, the VFLPN Greater Melbourne with the Women’s Legal Service Victoria provided ‘Family Violence and the Law’ training to 20 students undertaking degrees in Law or completing Practical Legal Training. The motivation for such an event stems from the understanding that Family violence training that includes an outline of the processes of obtaining an Intervention Order (‘IVO’) are not built into family law or equivalent subjects taught at Universities or Practical Legal Training. This is despite being a pertinent area where students are likely to enter a career path where they will be assisting victims of domestic violence. Following on from last year’s collaborative training wi

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