The SAGE program is a unique model for providing legal, social and other support to vulnerable women experiencing, or at risk of, family violence.
SAGE is a family violence team that offers:
- intensive legal and social support
- case management and clear referral pathways
- ‘wraparound’ support with inclusion of additional services
- a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to supporting women to engage with legal processes
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- women from migrant, refugee or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- women with a disability
- women experiencing mental health issues
- women in rural or remote locations without access to local services
Advocacy and Support
SAGE utilises a co-case management model, providing advocacy and support from a family violence lawyer and a family violence advocate.
Family Violence Community Lawyer
Legal advice and casework:
- family violence and intervention orders
- family law and parenting arrangements
- children’s issues
- related legal matters
Family Violence Advocate
Advocacy and case management:
- safety planning and risk assessment
- emotional and practical support
- referral to specialist services
- co-case management with referring agencies
Additional supports such as financial counselling, tenancy advocacy, housing support, children’s counselling, income support, health and employment can be accessed through SAGE’s broad partnership network.
SAGE seeks to overcome barriers that can make accessing services more difficult for some women experiencing family violence.
Through integration with specialist services SAGE provides a service that is:
- flexible and responsive to the diverse needs of women
- culturally safe
SAGE invites engagement with services that wish to work more closely with its team.
SAGE is committed to accessibility for vulnerable women. Appointments can be made at locations throughout Melbourne’s eastern region.
Community Legal Education
SAGE delivers family violence community legal education sessions for community members and service providers that work with its priority groups.
Services are encouraged to contact SAGE to discuss referrals.
The SAGE team will:
- explore the eligibility requirements for the SAGE program
- check whether there is a conflict of interest that prevents ECLC from providing a service
- assist to make a referral into the program, or
- provide alternative referral options.
SAGE offers secondary consultation for service providers working with vulnerable women dealing with complex legal issues. These consultations may or may not lead to a referral.