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Issue #1741      July 27, 2016

Campaign targets violence

The Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) has launched a campaign it says is essential to help many of the state’s Indigenous women.

Called Solutions to addressing family violence, the campaign is based on the service’s 14 years of experience working with victims/survivors of family violence.

FVPLS chief executive Antoinette Braybrook says the campaign will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women a voice they are denied under the current system.

“These solutions will contribute to ending this silencing and help ensure their input to shape policy to influence systemic change,” she said. “FVPLS Victoria has built trust with the women in our communities. We listen to their voices and they have entrusted us with their knowledge on the solutions that work for them.

“FVPLS Victoria stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, calling on the whole of the community to support their voices.”

FVPLS says Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence and 10 times more likely to die as a result of a violent assault.

Braybrook says Indigenous women and their communities are the key to creating change.

“That’s why FVPLS Victoria’s Solutions focus is on amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to build resilience towards preventing family violence through strong culture and strong identity,” she said.

“Our women must have access to a broad range of services including legal and non-legal supports which are offered by FVPLS Victoria. This breaks down the many barriers to accessing justice that exist and impact on safety.”

More details at www.fvpls.org

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