On 3 May, Bianca Jackson gave a training session on domestic violence to volunteers of LawWorks, which took place at Cooley LLP.
LawWorks is the solicitors pro bono group. It is a charity that connects volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the not-for-profit organisations that support them. Throughout the year, LawWorks hosts events which bring together key stakeholders and partners in the pro bono and advice sector.
Bianca’s talk focussed on looking at what domestic violence is, including domestic violence in the LGBT communities, and the remedies available to combat domestic violence that are available in the family court, namely non-molestation orders and occupation orders. She took the participants through the law and how it works in practice, such as how to make an application for the aforementioned orders, what the courts consider, and the punishment for breach. The purpose was to train the volunteers with the information needed to provide advice and assist DV victims in the family courts.
About 20 people attended the training, including volunteer solicitors, members of the PSU (personal support unit), and NGO employees.