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The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) is hosting the Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market for Aboriginal women on Friday 1 September 2017 at Djirra Women’s Place in Abbotsford.
The Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market comes after the successful completion of the 5 Week #BlakOnRepeat Wardrobe Challenge. The Challenge was devised by FVPLS Victoria staff who
realised that many women only wore a small amount of clothing from their wardrobes, and still had the chance to go out and buy more, but this was not the case for everyone. “Many of the
women we work with and others in communities struggle to provide the day to day necessities for their families, let alone have the ability to purchase clothing for themselves. This challenge is a
chance to show support for our women, and although a fresh outfit is just a small gesture, it canmake a big difference on the hardest of days,” said Ms Braybrook.
The 5 Week #BlakOnRepeat Wardrobe Challenge involved taking a pledge not to purchase any clothing for five weeks and to donate ten quality wardrobe items to the challenge for distribution
at the market. “We put a call out for a range of good quality clothing especially business attire, as many of the women we work with have important meetings or court proceedings relating to
family violence. Women experiencing family violence may have fled the family home without time to back important belongings or they might not have control over their finances which makes an opportunity like this really critical,” said Ms. Braybrook.
Support for the challenge has been outstanding. Many organisation and individuals have come on board to support Aboriginal women. FVPLS Victoria is grateful for the support from organisations such as Reconciliation Australia, Aboriginal Victoria, Yarra City Council, Indigenous Land Cooperation, Our Watch, No To Violence Incorporating Men’s Referral Service, State Government Departments, Fitted for Work and Inner Melbourne Community Legal Centre, to name just a few. An example of the commitment to the challenge includes the Red Cross who have donated 50 outfits.
The Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market is for all Aboriginal women and especially the women FVPLS Victoria works with. The market provides an opportunity for Aboriginal women to come
together in a culturally safe space at Djirra. Women can select clothing items to add to their wardrobes, have a yarn with FVPLS staff members, enjoy a little pampering with mini-manicures
on offer, as well as enjoy the sausage sizzle and DJ tunes on offer. This is just one example of FVPLS Victoria’s innovative approach to breaking down social isolation and increase access to
services and supports.
FVPLS Victoria provides culturally safe frontline legal and non-legal support, early intervention prevention and community legal education to Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. In 2016-17 our holistic services reached more than 6000 people. Our Sisters Day Out® well-being workshop program, now in its tenth year, has attracted close to 8500 participants. Aboriginal people who need legal advice can phone 1800 105 303 toll-free.
FVPLS Victoria works with victims and survivors of family violence. Aboriginal women represent 93% of our clients. They are the most legally disadvantaged group in Australia. Nationally, Aboriginal women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised for family violence and 10 times more likely to die from violent assault than other women.
Event details:
Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market @ Djirra
Friday 1 September 2017
11 am – 3 pm
Djirra at FVPLS Victoria, 292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Victoria
The Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market is a free event for all Aboriginal women. Children are welcome.
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Media Contact: Amy Greer for Antoinette Braybrook, CEO on agreer@fvpls.org or 0428 112 356.

Today’s appointment of the second Aboriginal woman to the Bench in Victoria is an important step towards equality, according to the state’s leading organisation for
preventing family violence against Aboriginal women.

“We welcome Ms Burchill’s appointment today as a Magistrate of Victoria. This is a vital step towards recognising Aboriginal’s women’s voices, leadership and experiences with
the justice system,” said Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria). “It is also a significant step towards
ensuring that our judicial system is representative of the diverse experiences and perspectives of the Victorian community,” said Ms Braybrook.

This follows Victoria’s landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence which made 227 recommendations; highlighting the prevalence of family violence against Aboriginal
women and acknowledging their position as one of the most legally disadvantaged groups in Australia.

“The Royal Commission was a watershed moment which put Aboriginal women front and centre. Through that process we were heard at long last,” said Ms Braybrook. “One of our
calls has always been about having more Aboriginal women in positions of leadership and the court system having greater cultural competence and understanding of Aboriginal
women’s needs and experiences.”

Ms Burchill brings a wealth of experience and understanding to the bench, as a Dja Dja Wurrung/Yorta Yorta woman with expertise in criminal prosecutions, Children’s Court and
other matters and a background working in Aboriginal Community Controlled sector.

FVPLS Victoria is Victoria’s only state-wide Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation exclusively dedicated to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors
of family violence and sexual assault. FVPLS Victoria provides culturally safe services and supports including frontline legal assistance, early intervention prevention and
community legal education to Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. Our legal assistance includes intervention orders, victims’ of crime assistance,
child protection and family law.

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Media Contact: Ben Schokman for Antoinette Braybrook, CEO on bschokman@fvpls.org
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The Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) today announced the name of their Koori women’s place as Djirra.

The announcement coincides with NAIDOC Week, with its 2017 theme focusing on ‘Our Languages Matter’. “Today is a landmark for our organisation, a step towards our longheld
vision to create a one-of-a-kind community place for Koori women from across Victoria, including victims and survivors of family violence”, said Ms Antoinette
Braybrook, CEO of FVPLS Victoria.

FVPLS Victoria consulted with women of the community and the Wurundjeri Council to select the name. “We thank the Wurundjeri Council for permission to use Djirra, a
Woiwurrung word for the reed used widely in Wurundjeri for basket weaving. Weaving represents Aboriginal women working together, this is the essence of Djirra and why the
name was selected”, said Ms Braybrook.

“Djirra Women’s Place will become a place where Aboriginal women come together to celebrate our culture, support each other, and access support and practical help with
family violence and other matters“, said Ms Braybrook.

Many hands have contributed to the development of Djirra, with key contributions from the Indigenous Land Corporation, Victoria Legal Aid, and Gandell Philanthropy.
“We thank our steadfast supporters who have helped us realise our vision for Djirra. With the recent State Government announcement of two year initial funding for Djirra, we
now have the capacity to bring our vision to life”, said Ms Braybrook.

FVPLS Victoria provides culturally safe frontline legal assistance, early intervention prevention and community legal education to Aboriginal victims/survivors of family
violence and sexual assault. In 2016-17 our holistic services reached more than 6000 people and our Sisters Day Out® wellbeing workshop program, now in its tenth year, has
attracted close to 8500 participants. Aboriginal people who need legal advice can phone 1800 105 303 toll free.

FVPLS Victoria works with victims and survivors of family violence, 93% of clients are Aboriginal women, who are the most legally disadvantaged group in Australia.
Nationally, Aboriginal women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised for family violence and 10 times more likely to die from violent assault than other women.

JOIN US FOR THE OFFICAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
NAIDOC Week: Announcing the name of our Koori women’s place.
Tuesday 4 July 2017 at 10am. 292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Victoria.

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Media Contact: Amy Greer for Antoinette Braybrook on agreer@fvpls.org or 0428 112 356

On 22 May, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) launched a social media campaign for Victorian Aboriginal youth aged 13-21 years, as part of a
primary prevention strategy to end family violence. The campaign’s purpose is to promote healthy relationships to young people, enabling them to reflect on their own
behaviours and to identify their own healthy and respectful relationships.

The project is funded by the Victorian State Government and is part of their Aboriginal Family Violence Media Strategy. “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support
the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service in delivering this fantastic project that is helping to reduce family violence and keep our communities safe.”
Minister Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

The campaign features a five minute video which tells the story of Kiah, a fictional character created by two Aboriginal women from FVPLS Victoria. The story shows some
of the danger signs of controlling behaviours and attitudes that can creep into any relationship and spiral into violence and abuse.

“What’s innovative about this campaign is that it educates our girls about the warning signs, while also bringing positive relationships into the spotlight – highlighting culture as
a protective factor and encouraging our girls to draw strength from family and friends,” said Antoinette Braybrook, CEO at FVPLS Victoria.

The campaign can be viewed through the FVPLS Victoria Facebook page and includes a competition titled ‘Deadly Duos’. By entering the competition young Aboriginal women
aged 13-21 years can win a $1000 Visa gift card. Entries close at the conclusion of the campaign on Thursday 29 June 2017, with Andrew Jackomos, Commissioner for
Aboriginal Children and Young People judging the competition. Winners will be announced at the FVPLS Victoria NAIDOC week celebration on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

FVPLS Victoria is encouraging community, agencies and the media to support the campaign. “We want everyone to get behind this campaign to prevent family violence
and support our next generation of Koori women. You can support the campaign by viewing the video, sharing it around and encouraging our girls to enter the competition”, said Ms Braybrook.

The campaign builds on FVPLS Victoria’s Young Luv program, a culturally safe, family violence early intervention and prevention initiative delivered to young Aboriginal women. Young
Luv helps participants to be strong in who they are, by identifying unhealthy behaviours, building resilience and developing self-awareness. “By drawing on cultural strength and community
connection, we are building the resilience of Koori girls and young women and helping to break the cycle of violence,” Ms Braybrook says.

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Media Contact: Amy Greer for Antoinette Braybrook on 0428 112 356 or agreer@fvpls.org

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