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 Victorian Attorney-General
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.
Please contact us at email@example.com with contributions or for more information.
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.
FVPLS Victoria provides input to Government inquiries on topics relevant to Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence. Recent submissions include:
- Letter to Parliament regards MPs Protection of Children Bill
- Productivity Commission Access to Justice Arrangements
- Senate Committee Value of A Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia
- Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children
- National Human Rights Action Plan
- Family Law Council Improving the Family Law System for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clients
FVPLS Victoria provides comment to the media on selected issues. Links to recent media articles related to our work are on the News & Events page. Recent FVPLS Victoria Media releases:
- 2 May 2014 - Support for Aboriginal Families in Warrnambool experiencing Child Protection Involvement
- 2 May 2014 - The Sisters Day Out Program comes to Bendigo
- 22 April 2014 - Responding to Victoria's family violence crisis
- 17 April 2014 - Women and Children most vulnerable when taking action to protect from family violence
- 6 March 2014 - Critical family violence services for Aboriginal women face an uncertain future
- 20 December 2013 - Funding cuts to impact on Aboriginal victims of family violence and sexual assault
- 14 May 2013 - Family Violence Prevention must Focus on Aboriginal Communities
- 15 November 2012 - Standing Firm for Change: A Journey to Justice
- May 2012 - Devastating Federal Budget Decision Cuts into the Bone of Effective Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Services for the most Vulnerable Victorians
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