AustLaw 2021 | Supporting Traumatized Clients

May 06 2021

Women’s Legal Service Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing free legal services to women since 1982.  They work with women experiencing disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.

This presentation will provide an overview of the importance of a practical application of trauma informed principles in a legal setting to ensure that clients experiencing trauma are engaged in a safe and supportive manner throughout legal proceedings.

Clients reaching out for legal assistance often have experienced multiple traumatic events and present with complex mental health issues and financial and social vulnerabilities. Trauma informed practice can help support engagement with both the legal system and support services, and help clients experience increased emotional and physical safety.

This presentation will set out what is trauma informed practice and why it is so important for lawyers to develop the skills to support clients experiencing trauma. We will use case studies to describe how clients’ experience of trauma impacts on their interactions with the legal process and how legal processes can reinforce distress or trigger traumatic stress symptoms. Practical strategies for improving client’s engagement with and experience of legal process and to support their mental health and safety will be presented. Challenges for the legal profession and recommendations for future training will also be outlined.

  • Event Date

    1:00 – 2:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Event Registration

Registration is free for AustLaw Members. Non members are welcome and encouraged $50 (x GST)

AustLaw is a well-established, close-knit network of respected, independent Australian law firms, dedicated to client service excellence.