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Why I volunteer at Women’s Legal Service?

As a family lawyer who works in private practice, I see too many clients (mostly women) whose situation is dire and are in need of legal assistance but, unfortunately, cannot afford the cost of a private lawyer.

Giving my time and sharing my legal knowledge through Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), allows me an opportunity to directly, practically and immediately assist some of the most vulnerable members of our community, particularly when they are faced with, not only the emotional difficulties of a separation but the added trauma of domestic violence.

Being involved in acting against domestic violence sends a message to my children, family, friends and community that I take this issue seriously and that as a society we need to each do what we can to stop domestic violence.

In 2019/2020 financial year the rural regional and remote telephone line gave advice to 238 clients,  the state-wide helpline answered 10,459 calls. Despite these significant number calls being answered, many calls still unanswered.

Domestic violence is a matter that affects everyone – in our workplaces, schools, communities, and families. It is a complex issue with devastating impacts and, I believe that there is a responsibility on those who can take action, to do so. As a society, we must remember “the standard you walk past, is the standard you accept.”

If you want to learn more about the work WLSQ does, click here.

This week is Volunteer week. Members of the McLaughlins Lawyers team are actively involved in a range of charity community groups. Both Sophie Pearson and Joelene Nel in the Family Law department actively volunteer with various organisations such as WLSQ, RizeUp and My Community Legal.

If you need assistance navigating your legal law matters, please call us on (07) 5591 5099 and we will be happy to help.


Author: Joelene Nel

Director: Sophie Pearson

Date: 18 May 2021