Artwork by Wanda Bargo
FVPLS Victoria Staff at the launch of our new premises in Abbotsford, July 2015
FVPLS Victoria staff christmas party, December 2016
FVPLS Victoria Directors
Artwork by Wanda Bargo
FVPLS Victoria Chairperson Marion Hansen
The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation established in 2002 to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and to work with families and communities affected by violence.
Our objectives are:
- To provide assistance to victims of family violence;
- To reduce the incidence of violence and abuse in communities through education and advocacy;
- To increase the recognition of the problem of violence and abuse in communities through community education and advocacy;
- To facilitate long term solutions to violence and abuse in communities.
The FVPLS Victoria head office is in Abbotsford, covering the Melbourne area. We have an office and staff in Mildura, in Warrnambool, covering the Barwon South West Region and in Bairnsdale covering the Gippsland region. Click here for office locations.
We provide free legal advice, referrals, ongoing casework and court representation, and assist in the following areas:
- Intervention orders;
- Family Law;
- Child Protection;
- Victims' compensation;
- Other legal problems arising from family violence.
FVPLS Victoria will give telephone and/or face to face legal advice to victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. Counselling is also available in these locations.
For more information about support that is available, go to our Legal Services page.
FVPLS Victoria also engages in community legal education and community development activities, as well as policy and law reform directed towards systemic change.
We are funded through a range of sources including the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Victoria Legal Aid, Department of Justice Victoria and Department of Human Services Victoria. We also receive project grants from various other private and public funding sources.
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Our most recent reports include:
Annual Report 2013-2014
|Chief Executive Officer||Antoinette Braybrook|
|General Manager||Nick Toonen|
|Principal Legal Officer||Simone Elias|
|Finance Manager||Maggie Barford|
|Human Resources Manager||Sue Sharma|
|Finance Support||Petra Theilhaber|
|Executive Assistant to CEO||Ruth Milne|
|Grant Seeker / Fundraiser||Justine Russell|
|Legal Services Team|
|Senior Lawyers||Barbara Shalit|
|Kim Avers (Mildura)|
|Paralegal Support Workers||Deb Edsall|
|Chloe Kenny (Bairnsdale)|
|Natalie Larsek (Mildura)|
|Stephanie Walker (Warrnambool)|
|Community Legal Education & Early Intervention Prevention Team|
|Community Engagement Manager||Kelly Faldon|
|Cultural Advisor||Wanda Braybrook|
|Community Legal Education Team Leader||Meriki Onus|
|Community Engagement||Tahnee Edwards|
|Community Engagement||Casey Williams|
|A/Manager, National FVPLS Secretariat||Laura Vines|
|A/Executive Officer, National FVPLS Secretariat||Renee Cumming|
|National Forum Support Officer||Kaitie Boyd|
|Senior Policy Officer||Jenna Davey-Burns|
Marion Hansen, Chairperson (Initially appointed 2002)
Damien Goodall, Secretary (Initially appointed 2002)
Jaynaya Williams (Initially appointed 2007)
Bernice Clarke (Appointed 2013)
Darlene Thomas (Appointed 2016)
FVPLS Victoria is a state-wide organisation with a head office in metropolitan Melbourne and three regional offices. FVPLS Victoria will provide both telephone and face to face legal advice to victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. Counselling is also available in all locations.
292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, 3067
Barwon South West
Office in Warrnambool. Region includes Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham, Heywood, Hamilton and Portland
177 Koroit Street, Warrnambool VIC 3280
Office in Bairnsdale. Covers the entire Gippsland region.
27 Pyke Street Bairnsdale VIC 3875
Office in Mildura. The region includes the Mildura local government area and Wentworth, with an outreach service to Robinvale.
151 Langtree Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500