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PCLC has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system. We have made recommendations with the aim to improve the provision of legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable client’s in our community. These recommendations are informed by our extensive work with those experiencing psychosocial disability.

With over 50% of our family law clients experiencing family violence, we have seen the detrimental impact that exposure to family violence can have on our client’s mental well- being.

We are hoping our submission will contribute to the Commission’s aim to improve Victoria’s mental health system and enable Victorians to have the best outcomes in relation to mental health care.

To read our full Submission please click here Submission to Royal Commision into Mental Health July 2019

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Elder abuse is any act which harms an older person and is carried out by someone they trust such as an adult child, family member, partner, carer or friend.

To help commemorate and bring awareness to World Elder Abuse Awareness day, the Peninsula Community Legal Centre will be holding a morning tea on June 15, as well as conducting training and information sessions in June and July with aged care workers and seniors groups on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Peninsula Community Legal Centre stands with Fitzroy Legal Service and sixteen partner agencies urging all Victorian members of Parliament to reconsider the proposed amendments mandating imprisonment where injuries are sustained by emergency workers.

We need solutions that connect vulnerable people with the treatment they need and work to protect to our frontline emergency workers.

Please view Submission Mandatory Imprisonment – June 2018

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Motorists driving on the toll roads in the eastern board states may save time on their travel, but can accrue huge penalities and fees if they are fined for neglecting to pay the toll or top up their E-tag credit.

Some motorists in Victoria have toll fine debts as large as $200,000 and road toll matters are clogging up the magistrates court.

While some reforms with the toll operators will ease the situation in Victoria, lawyers and advocates are seeking more solutions.

Listen to full episode ABC: What to do about the growing weight of road toll debt

 

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Peninsula Community Legal Centre along with 26 organisations has signed an open letter to the Victoria Police Commissioner regarding the trial of body worn cameras by Victoria Police.

This  letter outlines a series of crucial accountability and oversight measures that must be implemented if the program is to achieve the objectives of enhancing safety for both officers and community members, and increasing police transparency and public confidence.

We are calling for:

  1. clear and publicly available guidelines, concerning data retention periods;
  2. limits on discretionary use by  officers and penalties for failure to activate;
  3. breadth of access for victims, their lawyers and the public; and
  4. rigorous evaluation prior to further expansion

Please  view full letter  Body worn cameras – Letter to Commissioner Ashton

 

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