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Welcome to a new era of self-determination for the National Family Violence Prevention & Legal Services Forum, and its evolution to:

First Nations Advocates Against Family Violence

As of July 1, 2024, the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (the Forum) will operate as a standalone incorporated identity under the new company structure, strategic plan, name, and brand identity of First Nations Advocates Against Family Violence (FNAAVF).

The FNAAFV name and brand identity is representative of the evolution of the organisation to a self-determined, community-controlled, national peak body. While our name may be changing, we remain steadfastly committed to creating a future where all First Nations communities and individuals live free from the devastating impacts of family violence.

Learn more about the evolution of the FNAAFV brand in our company brand FACT SHEET.

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Rates of violence against First Nations women are 34 times higher than other women in Australia, and up to 80 times in the worst areas of the country

Three (3) in five (5) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have experienced physical or sexual violence. First Nations women are also 34 times more likely to be hospitalized due to family violence than non-indigenous women and 11 times more likely to die due to assault (AIHW 2019 p.113). Family violence is also the primary driver of First Nations children into out-of-home care, and 88% of Aboriginal children in care have experienced family violence. Family violence has been associated with various negative health impacts, including higher rates of miscarriage, pre-term birth and low birthweight, depression, anxiety, suicide and other long-term health consequences for women and children (AIHW 2019 p.115).

The scale of the problem is much greater than this, however, because it is known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are less likely than other women to report family violence or to seek support because of judgment, discrimination, shame or fear. The health and wellbeing of First Nations children depends upon the safety and resilience of First Nations women and families, so addressing family violence is a central priority in eliminating inter-generational disadvantage and discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

FNAAFV works with its FVPLS members, communities, governments and other partners to raise awareness about family violence effecting First Nations people, and to advocate for culturally safe legal and other holistic responses to this issue. The organisation provides a unified voice for its FVPLS members in areas of national policy, planning and law reform, and being a member of the national Coalition of Peaks, FNAAFV is committed to the national Closing the Gap targets, including Target 13:

  • Target 13: By 2031, the rate of all forms of family violence and abuse against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children is reduced at least by 50%, as progress towards zero.”

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Congratulations to our amazing friend Kathleen Wincen on being named a finalist in the Australian Law Awards for 'Indigenous Leader of the Year'!

We know how hard you work to ensure your community gets the legal support it needs through Aboriginal Family Legal Services ...Queensland.

Best of luck, we will be cheering you on for the win🤩

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This week, we honour and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievements as part of NAIDOC Week’s “Blak, Loud and Proud" celebrations. It’s a time to come together to celebrate, share, reflect, learn, and listen to our stories.

FVPLS ...services and communities across Australia will be hosting events all week, sharing their culture through art and storytelling, food and celebration, so find an event near you here: https://www.naidoc.org.au/local-events/local-naidoc-week-events

#NAIDOC2024 #NAIDOCWeek #BlakLoudProud

How amazing is our Deputy Chair Phee - congratulations on your award! 🥳 Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit - CAAFLU

Our most recent trip to Canberra proved to be a great opportunity to highlight the valuable work of our sector and share the challenges that our members face in delivering much-needed legal and holistic support to their communities.

With a packed agenda of meetings at Parliament House ...spread across two days, we met with many strong supporters and allies of the FVPLS sector and we’re committed to continuing to raise the profile of our members and advocate for long-term, sustainable funding.

It was great to have some of our members join the trip and share their on-the-ground experiences, so thanks for coming Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit - CAAFLU, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service, Aboriginal Family Legal Services, Aboriginal Family Legal Services Queensland, Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre, Djirra.

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The National Forum acknowledges and respects the traditional custodians whose lands we are fortunate to live and work on and we pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

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