Artwork by Wanda Bargo

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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



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 2015-2016

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2013-2014

 Our Staff

Management Team   
Chief Executive Officer Antoinette Braybrook
General Manager Nick Toonen
Principal Legal Officer Simone Elias
Finance Manager  Maggie Barford
Human Resources Manager Sue Sharma 
Office Support   
Receptionist  Nidhi Sirohi
Finance Support Petra Theilhaber
Executive Assistant to CEO Ruth Milne
Grant Seeker / Fundraiser Justine Russell
Legal Services Team  
Senior Lawyers Barbara Shalit
  Anne Lenton
  Dale Gerner
  Kehndra Hooker
  Kim Avers (Mildura)
 Lawyers Amy Sherman
  Kate Stowell
Paralegal Support Workers Deb Edsall
  Falea'i Fesili
  Chloe Kenny (Bairnsdale)
  Natalie Larsek (Mildura)
  Stephanie Walker (Warrnambool)
  Geerththana Narendren
  Kirsten Sullivan
  Codie Schaefer
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
Policy Team    
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)


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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