A support worker from a family violence outreach service referred Jamila to our duty lawyer at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court.
Jamila is from Bangladesh where she met and married her husband Assad. Shortly after, they came to Australia to live.
It was an ordinary day at the Dandenong Duty Service for our tenancy advocate. She was sitting at the back of the court observing proceedings when she noticed a young woman enter the court with her child in a pram. The woman took at seat at the bar table and stayed silent, while the member read the material and directed all his questions at the agent. Just as he was about to make a possession order as the current rent arrears stood at approximately $3,500, the duty advocate stood up and alerted him to the fact that the tenant had arrived late and was in fact in Court.
Louise, 26, sought help and advice from PCLC when her former partner David 28, had applied for parenting orders, in relations to their son, Toby, aged 3. Prior to this application, David hadn’t seen his son for a year.