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.


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 which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist 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.

In addition to Antoinette’s leadership in Victoria, Antoinette is Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign with Cheryl Axleby, CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, South Australia, and leads the National FVPLS Forum with Phynea Clarke, CEO of CAAFLU Aboriginal Corporation from the Northern Territory and Wynetta Dewis, CEO of Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS), Queensland    The National FVPLS Forum is the peak body for 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal services throughout Australia.

Antoinette was awarded the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award, the 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award, and a 2015 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment. In 2020, Antoinette was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

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
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).


  • 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)

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
Ballarat region

P.O. Box 380
Ballarat Vic 3350

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


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

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

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

Freecall 1800 105 303

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