IMPROVING THE SYSTEM
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. FVPLS Victoria through CEO Antoinette Braybrook 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.
Key Law and Justice Policy areas:
FVPLS Victoria seeks to ensure that protection of legal rights is preserved within any reforms introduced, and that access to culturally appropriate legal representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in all processes is guaranteed.
FVPLS Victoria is at every opportunity urging improved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural accessibility in the family law system led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
FVPLS Victoria is focused on strengthened responses for victims of sexual assault and family violence crimes.
A new category of assistance for safety-related expenses is now available to primary victims of crime through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, including where it is needed urgently. For more information please contact FVPLS Victoria on 1800 105 303, the VOCAT website: www.vocat.vic.gov.au or your local Magistrates Court.
Family Violence Court Support
FVPLS Victoria Policy Papers
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.
Whilst developing the papers significant progress was made, particularly in relation to key state government legal policy initiatives and enhanced support to FVPLS Victoria services. The papers are informed by some of these developments.
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 (PDF) – 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 (PDF) – Strengthening on-the-ground service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault in Victoria.
Paper 3 (PDF) – Improving accessibility of the legal system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
If you would like a copy of these papers on CD please email firstname.lastname@example.org