A recent report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research concluded that there was no significant spike in domestic violence during COVID lockdowns. However, community legal centres say that crime data fails to capture the whole picture.
The argument that acting on climate change is not core to community legal centres business no longer holds (if it ever did).
For over ten years, three community legal centres have provided free legal advice to women in prison. While the program helps women to stay connected to their communities and families, it has never received government funding.
LevelUP, an innovative project at Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre, provided vital support to young people exiting out-of-home-care.