Aboriginal Family Law Services

We are a not-for-profit organisation, that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live free from family violence and sexual assault. We not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.

Funded under the Prime Minister and Cabinet as a Social Emotional Wellbeing Program, we strive to Close the Gap in Aboriginal peoples’ access to justice, and empower our people to implement strategies for safer communities.

From the CEO

I am a Mulgyin Jaru/Kitja and Gooniyandi woman born and raised in Broome, WA. I grew up with my mum and grandparents, who were my role models. My life is dedicated to the rights of Aboriginal people.

My formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Marketing and a Bachelor of Laws. I was admitted to the Supreme Court of WA as a barrister and solicitor in 2006. Since then my career has covered diverse areas of law, often advocating for systemic change to address Aboriginal disadvantage in the justice sector and broader society. I am an Executive Board member of the Community Legal Centres Association of WA and a Board member of the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence.

Having served for a number of years as Principal Legal Officer of AFLS, I was very pleased to have been appointed as CEO. I am dedicated to building AFLS as the service of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence. I am also very proud that the Ochre Ribbon, an awareness-raising campaign initiated by former CEO Mary Cowley, is growing in strength each year. You can read more about the campaign here.

Corina Martin

Our Vision

To lead and provide holistic family and sexual violence legal and prevention services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Australia.

Our Mission

To support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence to access legal services and to promote safe families through community education, early intervention and advocacy to end the cycle of violence and improve life outcomes.

Governance

The Western Australian Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, trading as Aboriginal Family Law Services (AFLS-WA), was incorporated in February 2010 under the Corporations (Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander) Act 2006 and is registered with the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations ICN 7333.

The AFLS-WA is funded by the Prime Minister & Cabinet under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy as a Safety and Wellbeing Program.

We are a part of the 14 National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and the largest service in Australia with regional offices in Western Australia.

The organisation incorporates the regionalisation model, with offices in Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, and Port Hedland. Each office employs a Regional Managing Solicitor, as well as appropriate legal and support staff. The six regional offices are supported by a corporate services office based in Perth that is responsible for overall coordination of the various operations and financial management of the Corporation as a whole.

The Corporation’s Rule Book establishes the definitions of and processes for membership, regional representation and governance. It is governed by an elected Board of at least five members and no more than ten. The day to day management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board is comprised of individuals with a range of skills, knowledge and experience. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers who have proved committed to guiding the strategic direction of AFLS. The Board ensures that AFLS is provided with every opportunity to reach its organisational goals. The Board meets at least four times each year.

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