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 thirteen 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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 6 December 2019 - Media Release 

Funding cuts silence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women


Latest Update - Wednesday 1 July 2020 

Dear #SaveFVPLS Supporters

Thank you for continuing to support our work to end family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly our women and children.

At the end of this week, Phynea Clarke, proud Aranda woman from Central Australia and CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit will be stepping in as Chair of the National Forum while Antoinette Braybrook takes a well-deserved extended break. 

Phynea is looking forward to guiding the Forum through the coming months. Since our last update, the government has agreed to a six-month extension of our funding up until 31 December 2020. National Forum members are committed to self-determining our own structure going forward and we are in the final stages of engaging a consultant to work with our membership to explore options over the coming months for a self-determined, sustainable and well-resourced model. We will present this self-determined model(s) to government in the hope that we can ensure the continuity of our existence beyond 31 December 2020.

While we welcome this six-month extension of funding, our #SAVEFVPLS struggle is not over. 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 people at risk or experiencing family violence.

Please help keep us visible and heard:
1. If you know someone needing help - please pass them the number for their nearest FVPLS (below) 
2. Donate to your nearest FVPLS - find us here
3. Follow the National Forum on Twitter and Facebook
4. Share this email with your contacts so they can join our #SaveFVPLS supporter list

Thank you for your solidarity and support.

National FVPLS Forum Members
1 July 2020

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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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