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Hope for Aboriginal family violence survivor

Jemma, a 17 year old Aboriginal girl, has already endured a lifetime of violence. In 2015, her ex-partner viciously stabbed her and convinced the community to ostracise her. Jemma had been sleeping rough ever since and received no income - her birth was never registered, so she didn’t have enough ID to claim Centrelink. When Jemma was 15, her daughter was taken from her care.  Her ex-partner told Jemma that Child Safety removed the child, but that was a lie – he and his family had taken the girl.

When Jemma attended Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns, she met with one of LawRight's lawyers, who is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman. LawRight arranged for Jemma to get a birth certificate, a back payment from Centrelink, and sign a long term tenancy. Jemma learnt the truth from LawRight about her daughter’s removal and was connected to the local Indigenous family violence service to arrange a reunification.
With the basics of housing, income and family no longer ignored, Jemma can begin her healing.
LawRight operates legal clinics at Wucopperen Health Service and Douglas House crisis accommodation service with pro bono lawyers. Last year, LawRight helped 182 Indigenous clients with 274 complex legal issues, to resolve housing, income and family violence problems.

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