Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to Justice for Young People the Final Research and Evaluation Report of the Invisible Hurdles Project: Integrated Justice Practice - Towards Better Outcomes for Young People Experiencing Family Violence in North East Victoria

Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to Justice for Young People the Final Research and Evaluation Report of the Invisible Hurdles Project: Integrated Justice Practice - Towards Better Outcomes for Young People Experiencing Family Violence in North East Victoria (2018); ISBN-13: 978-0-646-99561-8

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18.31

113 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2018 Last revised: 7 Feb 2019

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Liz Curran

Nottingham Trent University; ANU College of Law

Pamela Taylor-Barnett

ANU College of Law

Date Written: November 8, 2018

Abstract

The three-year “Invisible Hurdles Project” was trialled in southern NSW and northern Victoria and successfully broke down intractable mistrust of lawyers and provided legal help to people who usually can’t be reached.

The pilot saw lawyers embed themselves into youth, health and other services reaching 101 people with 198 legal matters which may not have come to light otherwise.

Associate Professor Liz Curran, led the research and evaluation of the project with Pamela Taylor-Barnett assisting - both of ANU School of Legal Practice.

The pilot saw the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (HRCLS) provided lawyers free of charge who embedded themselves into three partner organisations: The Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS), a school for vulnerable young people, Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre and North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY).

The report makes many findings and recommendations including The data revealed that non-legal staff responding to clients were also initially distrustful of the lawyers, but now find them a responsive ally which has boosted their capacity to respond effectively. It’s had the knock-on effect of reducing stress and anxiety in themselves and their clients. It can inform other models, policy and funding frameworks as well as future service delivery in multi-disciplinary practices including, health justice partnerships.

Keywords: access to justice, mulit-disciplinary practice, family violence, secondary consultations, young people, health justice partnerships, integrated legal practice, effective service delivery, at risk youth, participatory evaluation

JEL Classification: K49, I14

Suggested Citation

Curran, Elizabeth and Taylor-Barnett, Pamela, Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to Justice for Young People the Final Research and Evaluation Report of the Invisible Hurdles Project: Integrated Justice Practice - Towards Better Outcomes for Young People Experiencing Family Violence in North East Victoria (November 8, 2018). Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to Justice for Young People the Final Research and Evaluation Report of the Invisible Hurdles Project: Integrated Justice Practice - Towards Better Outcomes for Young People Experiencing Family Violence in North East Victoria (2018); ISBN-13: 978-0-646-99561-8 , ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18.31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283670

Elizabeth Curran (Contact Author)

Nottingham Trent University ( email )

Belgrave Centre
Chaucer Street
Nottingham, NG1 5LP
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/law/liz-curran

ANU College of Law ( email )

Melbourne based
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Pamela Taylor-Barnett

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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