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 2016-2017 

Financial Statement 2016-2017

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
Corporate Support Manager Jaynaya Williams
Manager, Strategy and Policy Laura Vines
Office Support   
Receptionist / Office Administrator  Nidhi Sirohi
Executive Assistant to CEO Trish Carberry
Grant Seeker / Fundraiser Claire Weigall
Finance Support  Echo Yu
Marketing & Communications Coordinator Amy Greer
Project Manager (Brand and Strategic Communications) Sam Nixon
Legal Services Team  
Managing Senior Lawyer  Dale Gerner
Senior Lawyers Barbara Shalit
  Anne Lenton
  Kehndra Hooker
  Janelle Cooper (Warrnambool)
  Kim Avers (Mildura)
Lawyers Kate Stowell
  Eulia Armatolos
Paralegal Support Workers Deb Edsall
  Falea'i Fesili
  Chloe Kenny (Bairnsdale)
  Brandi Salmon (Mildura)
  Natalie Larsek (Mildura)
  Kirsten Sullivan
  Liza Harwood
  Linnea Burdon-Smith
  Shelley Burns-Williamson
  Melanie Ashman
  Rebekah Ashman 
Community Legal Education & Early Intervention Prevention Team  
Community Engagement Manager Kelly Faldon
Cultural Advisor Wanda Braybrook
Community Engagement Tahnee Edwards 
Community Engagement Casey Williams
Koori Women's Place Support Worker Natasha Hamilton
Project Officer Anne Bambrook
Partnerships Coordinator  Jenna Davey-Burns
Policy Team    
Executive Officer, National FVPLS Secretariat Renee Cumming
Project Officer, National FVPLS Secretariat  Caitlin Murphy


Marion Hansen, Chairperson (Initially appointed 2002)

Bernice Clarke (Appointed 2013)

Darlene Thomas (Appointed 2016)

Alan Thorpe (Appointed 2017)

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.

If you need support after hours you can call safe steps Family Violence Response Centre of Victoria on 03 9322 3555 or country toll free on 1800 015 188. For emergency assistance, call Police on 000.


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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