UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo and FVPLS Victoria CEO Antoinette Braybrook at FVPLS Victoria's National Conference
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FVPLS Victoria staff with the former Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark
Policy & Law Reform
FVPLS Victoria is committed to advocating for improvements in the way the community, the legal system and authorities respond to and address family violence and sexual assault.
Through the CEO Antoinette Braybrook, FVPLS Victoria is represented on the Aboriginal Justice Forum and the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum.
On-the-ground experience and community feedback informs this work.
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FVPLS Victoria's Solutions to Addressing Family Violence
FVPLS Victoria’s Solutions to Addressing Family Violence were launched on Tuesday 5 March 2016 at FVPLS Victoria's NAIDOC morning tea. FVPLS Victoria’s Solutions are based on 14 years of experience working at the frontline with victims/survivors of family violence. These solutions demonstrate our communities’ leadership and commitment to ending family violence.
Our Soltions give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women a voice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are silenced by violence and by the system. These solutions will contribute to ending this silencing and help ensure their input to shape policy to influence systemic change.
FVPLS Victoria’s Solutions focus on amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to build resilience towards preventing family violence through strong culture and strong identity. It is time to act. FVPLS Victoria is calling on the whole community to stand with us.
Our video, FVPLS Victoria's Solutions to addressing Family Violence is powerful and moving. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have the solutions to addressing family violence. We are putting Aboriginal women’s voices front and centre, in the spotlight.
"We call on everyone to be part of those solutions, because we all have the responsbility for our future."
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/_oxO75f5Ss0
With the assistance of funding from the Legal Services Board and The Felton Bequest, FVPLS Victoria has developed three policy/discussion papers aimed at strengthening law and justice responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and women and children. The papers draw on the experiences of FVPLS Victoria in its ten years of service provision, and on feedback provided by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with experience of the system both as victims/survivors and as workers.
FVPLS Victoria recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must lead development s in law and justice issues at the local, state and territory and national levels, and that processes for this must be well resourced. The three papers present the perspective of FVPLS Victoria to be considered in appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders led forums.
The papers discuss national FVPLS program issues and law and justice responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children, provision of services in Victoria and also the accessibility of legal system itself.
- Paper 1: Strengthening law and justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and women and children: National policy issues – A Victorian perspective.
- Paper 2: Strengthening on-the-ground service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault in Victoria.
- Paper 3: Improving accessibility of the legal system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
With valued support from the William Buckland Foundation, FVPLS Victoria continues to provide input into Government inquiries on topics relevant to Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence.
Submissions made by FVPLS Victoria
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children
- Submission to Victorian Law Reform Commission Review of the Adoption Act 1984 - September 2016
- Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Restriction on the Making of Permanent Care Orders) Bill 2015 – June 2015
- Submission to Family Law Council reference on families with complex needs and the intersection between child protection and family law - May 2015
- Submission to the Roal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concerning victims of crime compensation - July 2014
- Submission regarding the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - November 2012
Royal Commission into Family Violence
- Submission to Senate Inquiry into Value of A Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia - July 2013
- Submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements - November 2013
Grandparents as Primary Carers
Submissions made by the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services including policy submissions and media releases can be found here.
Standing Firm for Change: A Journey to Justice was a national conference organised by FVPLS Victoria. The conference focused on access to justice issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/ survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
The conference, held in November 2012, was a significant opportunity for Aboriginal community members, leaders, workers and policy makers to confront the complexities of family violence in Aboriginal communities and propose resolutions for change. It attracted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, policy makers, Magistrates, Judges and Lawyers, Government representatives and academics. The conference coincided with FVPLS Victoria's 10 year anniversary.
More information including presentations and speeches is available on the Standing Firm for Change: A Journey to Justice Website