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 - Wednesday 25 November 2020 

It's 16 Days of Activism: 25 November - 10 December

Dear Friends and Supporters
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today also marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This year's theme is: Orange the World: Fund Respond, Prevent, Collect!

In comparison to other women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from family violence and 10 times more likely to die as a result of violent assault.

Every day over the next 16 days in collaboration with our friends at Change the Record we will be sharing on Facebook and Twitter a square with a new action we are calling on state, territory and Commonwealth governments to take to end the national emergency of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. We are asking our supporters to SHARE our calls and SPREAD the word to help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women heard and visible.  

How can you take action this 16 Days of Activism? 

  1. FOLLOW the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum on Twitter and Facebook  

  2. SHARE our calls on Twitter and Facebook     

  3. Support your nearest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled FVPLSs across the country

  4. Spread the word! FORWARD this email to three of your contacts 

To find out more about our work to end violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, head to https://www.nationalfvpls.org/

Thank you for standing with us, 

Members of the National FVPLS Forum 

25 November 2020

Follow #SaveFVPLS on Twitter and Facebook.

Stay tuned for more info on our #SaveFVPLS campaign.


Previous #SaveFVPLS Updates:

Fourth update - 29 January 2020 

Third update - 17 December 2019

Second update - 12 December 2019

First update - 10 December 2019



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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