Funding certainty for legal assistance to help keep indigenous women safe

Release Date: 
13 November 2019
Media release

Eliminating violence against women and their children, especially for Indigenous women, is a national priority.

The Morrison Government is delivering increased funding for the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) that deliver high quality, innovative legal services to support Indigenous victims and survivors of family and domestic violence in regional and remote Australia.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the funding will make communities safer and enable families to thrive.

“It is a tragedy that Indigenous women experience disproportionally high levels of violence and the violence is often more severe in its impacts on families,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Access to holistic early intervention and prevention services as well as legal assistance to get through the most difficult of times, regardless of where a person lives, is critical to addressing the scourge of family violence in our communities.”

“The Morrison Government is committed to delivering effective and culturally appropriate services to address, prevent and reduce violence; achieve justice and make homes safer.”

“FVPLS providers are community controlled and have developed trust in the communities in which they operate. They help educate people on legal avenues and non-legal services available to them and have a strong track record of securing better outcomes for clients.”

“This funding will provide core legal assistance and services to 2023 through 14 providers operating in 30 locations around Australia.”