Artwork by Wanda Bargo






 Artwork by Wanda Bargo












 FVPLS Victoria staff members Sam Nixon and Aunty Pam Pedersen







 The FVPLS Victoria staff team in 2012







   FVPLS Victoria Directors
















  FVPLS Victoria Chairperson Marion Hansen


About Us

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.

Follow us on twitter for all our latest news! @FVPLSVictoria


Annual Reports

Our most recent reports include:

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2013-2014

 Our Staff

Management Team   
Chief Executive Officer Antoinette Braybrook
Executive Officer Programs Paula Stewart
Principal Legal Officer Jill Prior (Acting)
Finance Manager  Maggie Barford
Community Legal Education & Early Intervention Prevention Manager  Sam Nixon
Office Support   
Receptionist/ Admin Support Casey Williams
Finance Support Petra Theilhaber
Executive Assistant to CEO Ruth Milne
Legal Services Team  
Senior State Lawyer  Barbara Shalit
Regional Senior Lawyer  Avital Kamil 
Lawyers Amy Moore
  Amy Sherman
  Anne Lenton
  Heather McLean
  Joanna Colautti ( Bairnsdale )
  Kim Avers (Mildura)
  Alice Bewley (Warrnambool )
Paralegal Support Workers Deb Edsall
  Falea'i Fesili
  Jamie McConnachie
  Jo Staunton 
  Melanie Ashman
  Renee Cumming 
  Vanessa Day 
  Chloe Kenny (Bairnsdale)
  Natalie Larsek (Mildura)
  Stephanie Walker (Warrnambool)
Community Legal Education & Early Intervention Prevention Team  
Community Legal Education Meriki Onus
Community Engagement Nikahlia Braybrook
Community Education & Prevention Support Tahnee Edwards 
Sisters Day Out Project Workers Kelly Faldon
  Wanda Braybrook
Policy Team    
Manager, National FVPLS Secretariat Andy Gargett
Program Officer, National FVPLS Secretariat Elise Thomas
Senior Policy Officer  Jenna Davey-Burns



Marion Hansen, Chairperson (Initially appointed 2002)

Karen Bryant, Deputy Chairperson (Initially appointed 2002)

Damien Goodall, Secretary (Initially appointed 2002)

Jaynaya Williams (Initially appointed 2007)

Bernice Clarke (Appointed 2013)

See FVPLS Board of Directors Bio's


Office Locations

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.

Melbourne Metro

292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, 3067
Phone 03 9244 3333       Fax 03 9416 0147       Freecall 1800 105 303 


Barwon South West

Office in Warrnambool. Region includes Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham, Heywood, Hamilton and Portland

177 Koroit Street, Warrnambool VIC 3280
(PO Box 1101 Warrnambool VIC 3280)
Phone 03 5562 5755        Fax 03 5562 2311   Freecall 1800 105 303

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Office in Bairnsdale. Covers the entire Gippsland region.

27 Pyke Street Bairnsdale VIC 3875
(PO Box 1281 Bairnsdale VIC 3875)
Phone 03 5153 2322     Fax 03 5152 3933     Freecall 1800 105 303

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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
(PO Box 10059 Mildura VIC 3502)
Phone 03 5021 3200     Fax 03 5021 3055     Freecall 1800 105 303

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