Whilst International Women’s day recognises and celebrates the positive gains that have been made in relation to women’s equality, it also focuses world attention on areas that require further action. Unfortunately the world is still unequal, especially with regards to family and domestic violence. 1 in 3 women will be the victim of family and domestic violence at some point in their lives. Whilst it is not exclusively violence against women, domestic violence is certainly a gendered crime and women are predominantly the victims. Domestic Violence is one of those areas that requires further action in order to achieve equality, safety and full empowerment for women.

Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc (MIDLAS) provides a legal service exclusively dedicated to assisting and empowering victims of domestic violence. Through the support, information, referrals and court representation provided by the MIDLAS Legal Service, victims of domestic violence are empowered to navigate their way through this highly emotional aspect of the law and are equipped with the right information to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.

In line with this year’s theme of Inspiring Change, the work undertaken by MIDLAS plays an instrumental role in advocating the advancement of women in our community and inspiring positive change.

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