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
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.
FVPLS Victoria is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation established in 2002 to provide assistance to victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and to work with families and communities affected by violence.
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 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 Attorney-General's Department, 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.
|Chief Executive Officer||Antoinette Braybrook|
|Executive Officer, Legal, Policy and Education||Kathy Davis (Acting)|
|Executive Officer, Finance and Operations||Maggie Barford|
|Executive Officer, Programs and People||Paula Stewart|
|Senior Management Team|
|Education Manager||Tania McKenna|
|State Senior Lawyer||Avril Cowarn|
|Regional Senior Lawyer||Dale Gerner|
|Executive and Program Support||Sam Nixon|
|Program Support||Margaret Portelli|
|Finance Support||Petra Theilhaber|
|Legal Services Team|
|Kim Avers (Mildura)|
|Heather McLean (Bairnsdale)|
|Barbara Tindall (Warrnambool)|
|Paralegal Support Workers||Barbara Egan (Mildura)|
|Jeanette McKenzie (Bairnsdale)|
|Sarah Bain (Warrnambool)|
|Policy and Education Team|
|Policy Officer||Laura Vines|
|Community Engagement||Nikahlia Braybrook (Acting)|
|Community Legal Education||Meriki Onus|
|Sisters Day Out Project Workers||Kelly Faldon|
|National FVPLS Forum|
|Manager, National FVPLS Secretariat||Alisoun Neville|
|Program Officer, National FVPLS Secretariat||Ashleigh Crees|
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)
Jessie Lloyd (Appointed 2013)
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.
Level 3, 70-80 Wellington St Collingwood VIC 3066
Barwon South West
Office in Warrnambool. Region includes Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham, Heywood, Hamilton and Portland
145 Kepler Street, Warrnambool VIC 3280
Office in Bairnsdale. Covers the entire Gippsland region.
210B Main Street Bairnsdale VIC 3875
Office in Mildura. The region includes the Mildura local government area and Wentworth, with an outreach service to Robinvale.
161A Lime Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500