We are Djirra

Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.

As most of our contact is with women, the work we do is predominantly designed by and for Aboriginal women.

We are an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who are elected by our members.

Our journey started in 2002 when we were established as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service (FVPLS Victoria). Since then we have grown, expanded our services,  and evolved as an organisation, and now we are Djirra.

Djirra is the Woiwurrung word for the reed used by Wurundjeri women for basket weaving. Traditionally, when women gathered to weave, important talks took place and problems were solved. Djirra symbolises Aboriginal women today, still  coming together to share stories, support each other and find solutions.

Our CEO

Antoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette’s grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland.

Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra, a position she has held since the service was established in 2002.  Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that provides holistic, culturally safe, legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers important, community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence. Djirra finds solutions through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women sharing their stories, journeys, and experiences.

Antoinette is also Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign, Australia’s only national First Nations led justice coalition of legal, health and family violence prevention experts.

 Antoinette’s advocacy work includes positions held on advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles to State and Federal organisations.

Among other awards,  in 2020, Antoinette was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and in 2022 is the recipient of the 2022 Australian Awards of Excellence in Women’s Leadership (Victorian recipient).

As a highly regarded public speaker, she seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced family violence, Antoinette was honoured to jointly present with Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjo at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference in New York, March 2013. Antoinette has also been honoured on the Gender Justice Legacy wall in recognition for her contribution to advances in the gender justice field in celebration of 15 years of the ICC and 20 years since the adoption of the Rome Statute.

Attendance at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva in July 2019 provided Antoinette with the opportunity to advocate internationally on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.

 

Our Team

Djirra has a great team of staff who is committed to providing culturally safe and accessible services to Aboriginal people seeking our support. We have a positive, professional and non-judgmental approach to work. Our staff is based in several offices in metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017-18
Annual Report 2016-17
Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report 2014-15
Annual Report 2013-14

Our offices

Melbourne Metro (Head office)

Djirra’s head office is located in Abbotsford and services areas in metropolitan Melbourne.

292 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford Vic  3067
info@djirra.org.au
Legal Services team: info.afvls@djirra.org.au

We are located at the Eastern Freeway end of Hoddle street, Abbotsford.

 

Public transport

Train: Victoria Park station (City – Hurstbridge / Mernda lines) – 5 min walk (exit via ramp away from the city and head towards Hoddle street).

Buses:

  • On Hoddle Street (via City): 302, 304, 309, 350, 905, 906, 907, 908 (City – Box Hill, Bundoora, Doncaster, Donvale, Mitcham, The Pines and Warrandyte)
  • On Hoddle Street (not via City): 246 (Elsternwick – Clifton Hill)
  • On Johnston street: 200 and 207 (City – Bulleen and Doncaster)

Parking
There is no on site parking available nor on Hoddle street.
There is:

  • 4 hour free street parking available on Lulie Street
  • $6 all day car parking at Victoria Park Station off Lulie Street

The station and station car park are accessible to pedestrians from Lulie Street via the Station underpass and Truro Street.

For disabled parking, please contact reception prior to your visit to arrange parking.

Bicycle parking is available in the undercover area at the front of the building.

Fax 03 9416 0147
Freecall 1800 105 303
Barwon South West region

Our Warrnambool office services Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham, Heywood, Hamilton and Portland.

177 Koroit Street
Warrnambool VIC 3280

P.O. Box 1101
Warrnambool VIC 3280

Fax 03 5562 2311
Freecall 1800 105 303
Bendigo region

52 Queen Street
Bendigo Vic 3550

P.O. Box 1366
Bendigo Vic 3552

 

Fax
Freecall 1800 105 303
Echuca region

P.O. Box 2465
Echuca Vic 3564

Fax 03 4411 7832
Freecall 1800 105 303
Gippsland region

Our Bairnsdale office services the entire Gippsland region.

27 Pyke Street
Bairnsdale Vic  3875

P.O. Box 1281
Bairnsdale  Vic  3875

Fax
Freecall 1800 105 303
Latrobe Valley

Our Morwell office services the Latrobe Valley.

246 Commercial Road
Morwell Vic 3840

P.O. Box 620
Morwell Vic 3840

Fax
Freecall 1800 105 303
Mildura region

Our Mildura office services Mildura local government area and Wentworth and delivers outreach services to Robinvale.

151 Langtree Avenue
Mildura Vic  3500

P.O. Box 10059
Mildura  Vic  3502

Fax
Freecall 1800 105 303

Cultural map