Welcome to the website of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services. 

The National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum) was formally established in May 2012. It is comprised of fourteen Family Violence Prevention Legal Service (FVPLS) member organisations across Australia that provide holistic, specialist, culturally safe legal and non-legal supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing or at risk of family violence – predominantly women and their children.

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Latest Update - Monday 18 October 2021

A dedicated National Safety Plan to end violence against Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander women - for and by First Nations women. 

For many years now, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been calling for a dedicated National Safety Plan written for and by First Nations women. Academics, Commissioners, specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services, community leaders and victim-survivors have been clear that only a dedicated First Nations National Safety Plan that is developed for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will work for our people. 

This demand was again made at the Women’s Safety Summit in the opening forum, and was repeated throughout the Summit by First Nations leaders who are determined that another National Safety Plan should not be created that will fail our communities. 

We are calling on Prime Minister Morrison, Senator Payne and Senator Ruston to agree to support a dedicated First Nations National Safety Plan that is developed for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. 

We are calling for: 

  • A truly self-determined plan that brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and First Nations frontline service providers to design our own strategies for our safety and the safety of our communities. This cannot be achieved by the government deciding who is at the table, and what reforms they want to consider. 

  • Our own dedicated plan to ensure we are not an afterthought or an 'add on' to a 'mainstream' plan. That won't work. We need to design a plan that specifically works for us and our communities.

  • A new approach that does not replicate the mistakes of the old National Action Plan that failed to reduce the violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Any plan that is a subset of a government driven process, under a government determined framework, will fall into the same traps. 

  • A national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering/Summit is essential to ensure that self-determined, community-led solutions are invested in and listened to. A national Gathering/Summit specifically for First Nations women will also support the sharing of knowledge, promotion of leadership, building of networks and relationships. 

 

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Previous #SaveFVPLS Updates:

Fourth update - 29 January 2020 

Third update - 17 December 2019

Second update - 12 December 2019

First update - 10 December 2019

 

Supporters:

Statement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO

Statement by the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)

Funding cut to ATSI peak body must be immediately reversed by Jesuit Social Services

Speak up against the defunding of First Nations' survivor peak body by Fair agenda

Statement by Julie Kun, CEO, WIRE

NATSILS Media Release

Dangerous and outrageous – Councils of Social Service condemn proposed funding cut to national voice for First Nations women on domestic violence

Statement by the Aboriginal Justice Caucus 

Statement by Community Legal Centres Australia 

Notice of motion by Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

 

In the media: 

13/12/19 - National Indigenous Times: Funding cut for only family violence peak body for Indigenous women 

13/12/19 - Happy Mag: Join the fight against the defunding of Indigenous family violence services

11/12/19 - Croakey: Outcry over Federal Government’s decision to defund Indigenous family violence organisation

11/12/19 - ABC News: Free phones can be crucial to escaping family violence but a key service is facing a funding cut

11/12/19 - Women's Agenda - How you can help save the peak body for Indigenous DV survivors

10/12/19 - The Age: Canberra's Indigenous funding cuts a breach of faith

10/12/19 - The Sydney Morning Herald: Unacceptable Indigenous funding cuts a breach of faith

10/12/19 - IndigenousX: Save NFVPLS

9/12/19 - RTR FM: #SaveFVPLS interview with Senator Rachel Siewert

8/12/19 - SBS: Scott Morrison keeps quiet on Indigenous domestic violence survivor funding

6/12/19 - ABC News: Federal Government axes funding to peak body representing Indigenous survivors of domestic violence

6/12/19 - ABC AM: Morrisson Government defunds Indigenous domestice violence body

6/12/19 -Bendigo Advertiser: PM quiet on indigenous DV survivor funding 

6/12/19 - NITV: Chair of Indigenous family violence peak body says funding cuts opposite of recommendations in recent report

6/12/19 - Women's Agenda: Morrison government slashes critical funding to only peak body for Indigenous DV victims

6/12/19 - Mirage News: Funding cuts silence Aboriginal women

 

 

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Ochre Ribbon Week: 12th-19th February 

Ochre Ribbon Week occurs annually between 12th - 19th February. The Ochre Ribbon Campaign is an initiative supported by the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum and its member organisations across Australia. The Ochre Ribbon Campaign raises awareness of the devastating impacts of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and calls for action to end the violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – especially our women and children. 

To read more about the history of Ochre Ribbon, click here

 

 

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