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



Update - Tuesday 17 December 2019 

Dear Supporters

Thanks for all your amazing support so far to #SaveFVPLS.

Good news, the Minister has responded and agreed to meet with all our members.

However, while we welcome the Minister’s response that he will meet with us –our #SaveFVPLS struggle is far from over.

We still have no direct funding coming to our National FVPLS Forum from 30 June 2020. We still urgently need a commitment to adequate resourcing and support for our National body.

Our meeting with the Minister will be critical to #SaveFVPLS. We need our supporters to stand with us now more than ever in calling for an adequately funded National body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victim/survivors of family violence.

You can read our most recent letter to the Minister here. The Minister has made himself available tomorrow, Wednesday 18 December in Perth however due to short notice and family commitments of some members we will instead be meeting with the Minister with all 13 of our members on 6 February 2020 when the Minister is next available.

Thank you for continuing to support us and stay tuned for more updates on #SaveFVPLS

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

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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