Victims survivors of family violence and other vulnerable Victorians will have access to more support and court services with the expansion of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre/

Attorney-General Jill Hennessey announced a $1.6 million expansion to provide more secure, private waiting spaces and an upgraded separate entry to minimise contact between family violence victim survivors and perpetrators while at court.

Rachel Powning, our General Manager says the new services will be a huge boost to very vulnerable people

“Coming to court is never easy, and anyone experiencing family violence must feel safe and have the right support to make life-changing decisions.

"And sadly drugs, alcohol, homelessness, cognitive impairment childhood trauma and family violence cause severe harm to thousands of Australians, so it makes sense to bring support services and a Court together under one roof.

“We’re opening our minds to how much further justice can go to helping people, not just churning cases through the system,” Rachel Powning.

Having developed Australia’s first online intervention order application to help people apply for the court’s protection at any time, the NJC is well placed to respond to the needs of vulnerable people.  This work will be enhanced with this funding boost. 

Left to right: Damian James, NJC former NJC Senior Registrar; NJC Magistrate David Fanning; AG Jill Hennessey; Rachel Powning, GM NJC; Matthew Cocomazzo Team Leader AOD; Kwan Nga Li, Corrections; Charlie Watson, Snr lawyer, VLA; Louise Bassett, Innovation Manager, NJC.