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

The National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum was formally established in May 2012. It is comprised of thirteen member organisations across Australia who are service providers under the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLSs) Program. FVPLSs provide specialist, culturally safe legal services and supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victim/survivors of family violence across Australia.


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 6 December 2019 - Media Release 

Funding cuts silence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women



Latest Update - Monday 10 February 2020 

Dear Supporters

Last Thursday, our National FVPLS Forum members travelled to Canberra to meet with Minister Wyatt to talk about #SaveFVPLS

We put the following proposals to the Minister for a self-determined plan for our National body for the next three years:

1. The reinstatement of our funding for our National secretariat in its current form

2. The allocation of additional funds (already identified) to come directly to our National body so that our members can work up options for a sustainable and well-resourced National body

3. Future resources for capacity building, training and resource development for our member organisations

4. Transitioning to a self-determined structure

The Minister has undertaken to discuss our proposals with the NIAA.
We hope to be able to share more news soon on #SaveFVPLS – stay tuned.
Thank you for your solidarity and support,
National FVPLS Forum Members


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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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