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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 4 4 with unprecedented numbers of attendees. Danila Dilba kindly permitted us use of their boardroom facilities for our April 2021 meeting where we heard from staff of the Health Justice Partnership of NT Legal Aid and Danila Dilba, TeamHEALTH, Victims of Crime NT, and the Australian Family Nurse Partnership Program about their services and referral pathways. Our June 2021 meeting was themed, focussing on services supporting clients in accessing compensation services, with three service providers presenting on victims of crime compensation, the Redress Scheme and civil remedies available in the Northern Territory and Commonwealth, with 32 attendees. Attendees from legal and social services also provided updates about their services and deepened their understanding of the important work being done by members of the network. Training On 9 March 2021, Ada Conroy presented training on Resisting Collusion with Male Perpetrators of Family Violence, designed to prepare practitioners to effectively identify and respond to men who cause family violence harm, by learning how to identify and resist invitations to collude. The training unpacked the conscious and unconscious belief systems perpetrators can experience and how these can present to service providers as well as the need to prioritise victim survivors safety and to hold men who use violence accountable for the impact of their behaviours. Many participants reflected on their own experiences of invitations to collude and used the training as an opportunity to consider how they may respond differently in the future. 27 participants attended training with feedback consistently very positive. On 28 June 2021 Jodie Grant presented a webinar on How to Use a Trauma Informed Approach. Training was designed to enhance practitioners skills in responding meaningfully and effectively to clients in a strengths based, trauma informed framework that maximises client agency and choice in the family law system. Jodies wealth of practical experience resulted in a robust Q and A forum canvassing difficult conversations, manifestations of trauma and its impact on clients and challenging us to reflect on our own experience of trauma and its impact on our professional practice, collaborative work and self-care. Training was extremely well received by its 39 participants. Training was particularly timely given the lockdown that occurred less than 24 hours prior, with service providers facing a heightened level of uncertainty in service provision, and concern for clients experiencing trauma, family violence and mental health challenges. Pathways looks forward to continuing to support service providers, assisting separating families enhance their networks and collaborative efforts and to provide relevant training to support their work with clients. Top End Family Law Pathways Network (continued)

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