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 AM 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. Antoinette has also received the the following awards:

  • 2015   Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award, Law Institute of Victoria
  • 2015    Australian Centre for Leadership for Women Award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment.
  • 2016    Harvard Club of Victoria’s Non-Profit Fellowship Program to attend Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School, Boston USA
  • 2017     Inspirational Women of Yarra Awards (Victoria)
  • 2017     Inducted into the Gender Justice Legacy Wall launched at the UN New York
  • 2018     Human Rights Award  – Human Rights Medal Finalist
  • 2018    Future Justice Award for driving projects to advance future justice
  • 2019     Elle Magazine – Not for Profit Persuader
  • 2020    Inductee into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women
  • 2021     CEO Magazine  – One of the 16 most influential women in leadership for 2021
  • 2022     Australian Awards of Excellence in Women’s Leadership (Victorian recipient)
  • 2022   The ‘Local Women Paving the Way’ group honoured Antoinette’s work and contribution to the Melton community, engraving her name on a paver alongside other prominent women
  • 2022   City of Melbourne Awards Melburnian of the Year
  • 2023  King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List – Member Order of Australia Medal

As a highly regarded public speaker, who 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 2019-20
Annual Report 2018-19
Annual Report 2017-18
Annual Report 2016-17
Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report 2014-15
Annual Report 2013-14

Strategic Plan

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
Donation enquiries: donations@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.

Freecall 1800 105 303
Bairnsdale Office

Our Bairnsdale office services the entire Gippsland region.

306 Main Street
Bairnsdale  Vic  3875

Freecall 1800 105 303
Bendigo Office

52 Queen Street
Bendigo Vic 3550

Freecall 1800 105 303
Echuca Office

2/285 High Street
Echuca Vic 3564

Freecall 1800 105 303
Melton Office

Our Djirra in the West office services Melbourne’s western suburbs.

1927-1937 Gisborne Melton Road
Kurunjang Vic 3337

Freecall 1800 105 303
Mildura Office

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

151 Langtree Avenue
Mildura Vic  3500

Freecall 1800 105 303
Morwell Office

Our Morwell office services the Latrobe Valley.

227 Princes Drive
Morwell Vic 3840

Freecall 1800 105 303
Shepparton Office

144 Welsford St
Shepparton VIC 3630

Freecall 1800 105 303
Warrnambool Office

Our Warrnambool office services the Barwon South West including Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham, Heywood, Hamilton and Portland.

125A Kepler Street
Warrnambool VIC 3280

Freecall 1800 105 303

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