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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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Tabled Papers for 14th Assembly 2020 -; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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n o rt h e rn t e rr it o ry l e g a l a id c o m m is si o n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 2 4 safety planning and targeted assisted referrals to emergency accommodation, counselling and trauma services, Centrelink, and other government and service based organisations. Clients are supported at court and other locations when navigating the legal and social support systems. Over the last 12 months of change and uncertainty, the trauma informed Family Practice has adapted to provide increased risk assessment and safety planning for families affected by family violence; targeted referrals to urgent/temporary accommodation providers, specialist safety assessment and management services, counselling and financial supports and advocacy including with the financial counsellor based in our Palmerston office. Collaboration We have continued to work closely with our legal and allied partners to improve access and services to mutual clients and families transitioning legal systems. Partners include territory wide legal assistance services, Aboriginal health services, community services such as Relationships Australia, Anglicare, Catholic Care and domestic violence organisations. Through Health Justice Partnerships, we have strengthened the support we provide to our First Nations clients by linking them in with holistic services at the Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) and the Katherine Individual Support Program. We are planning to develop a partnership with Tangentyere Corporation and Women's Safety Services of Central Australia (WoSSCA) in Alice Springs to better support victims and users of family violence through counselling, support and education while engaged in the family law and related legal systems in Central Australia. Family Advocacy and Support Services We provide integrated legal assistance services to families affected by domestic and family violence operating out of the Darwin and Alice Springs registries of the Family Law Courts and other locations where families are transitioning between federal family law and territory family violence and child protection systems. The service provides both legal and social supports to clients by assessing risk, their safety and social needs with assisted referrals to other support services or agencies. Health Justice Partnership Legal Health Mob We have built on our existing health justice partnership with Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) to embed a NT Legal Aid Family Law practice lawyer and an Indigenous outreach worker fulltime within DDHS for a 12 month period (Legal Health Mob). Whilst the service was initiated and funded in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased rates of domestic and family violence, there is recognition of the breadth and diversity of other legal issues clients are experiencing and need assistance for. Legal Health Mob recognises that many of the factors that lead to poor health, well-being and legal outcomes for First Nations Our Principal Functions (continued) HJP Legal Health Mob Team

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