Family Violence Prevention Service (FVPLS)
The FVPLS unit provides assistance to Aboriginal adults and children who are victims/survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault.
We provide legal assistance, counselling, advocacy and community legal education.
The vision is for Aboriginal people in Noongar country to be free from family violence.
The unit is a provider of Community Legal Services in Western Australia under the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC).
It has a Memorandum of Understanding signed and dated 18 April 2013 recording our acceptance of the terms and conditions associated with the granting of a License and commitment to providing effective and relevant services to Aboriginal people living in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
Albany based Family Violence Prevention Legal Service was established in 2007 and auspiced by the Southern Aboriginal Corporation.
We work collaboratively with other service providers to deliver culturally appropriate free, accessible, equitable, efficient and effective legal assistance casework, counselling and court support to Aboriginal adults and children who are victims/survivors of family violence, including sexual assault/abuse, or who are at immediate risk of such violence. This also includes provision of advocacy, community legal education and early intervention and prevention activities.
We are here to:
Help – by providing a first point of contact for those facing legal or quasi-legal issues. Sometimes legal issues can be complicated and confusing and it means a lot to people to be able to give us a call and then hang up the phone with a better understanding of what is going on and what they can do about it.
Give real support – by offering representation in court proceedings and appeals to clients, including preparation for these beforehand.
Listen – by servicing clients on a face to face level and promoting FVPLS and what help we can provide.
Support your rights with ‘no shame’ – by attending events to promote Southern Aboriginal Corporation FVPLS to service providers and to the community and conducting outreach visits in the region (including Cranbrook, Katanning, and Kojonup.)