Invisible Hurdles

The Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles (IH) for Justice for Young People Project was funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner in 2015 for a two-year project. The aim was to create better legal outcomes for young people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, family violence in North East Victoria.

A Youth/Family Violence Lawyer worked in a health-justice partnership model with three local service providers; the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, North East Support and Action for Youth Inc. (NESAY) and the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS). The IH Lawyer spent one day per week at each service, providing legal information, education, advice and assistance to clients, and providing legal information, secondary consults and professional development training to workers.

The project has been evaluated by Hon. Associate Professor Dr Liz Curran and Hon. Lecturer Pamela Taylor-Barnett from the Australian National University.

Stage I, II & III Reports

Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to Justice for Young People – Invisible Hurdles Final Report 2018

Invisible Hurdles Final Report 2018 – Executive Summary

Pathways to empowerment and justice – The Invisible Hurdles Stage II Research and Evaluation Final Report June 2021

Invisible Hurdles Stage II – innovative project continues to deliver

‘Going Deeper’ IH Stage III Research Evaluation Report


Accessing the support we need: Health Justice Partnerships and systems change – hosted by Day Four Projects April 2022 – Conversation with a health justice partnership (the HALO HJP) between Gateway Health and HRCLS, and the national centre for excellence in HJPs – Health Justice Australia

International media coverage

Pathways to Empowerment – Nottingham Law School

Funding for 2022 delivery

Successful grant will propel effective legal project for young people experiencing family violence

Info sheets

What is the Invisible Hurdles Project?

Invisible Hurdles Stage II Report Summary/Findings

Helping Ellie get rid of large debt to help her get on with her life