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MEDIA RELEASE 28.03.22 

Southern Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal Family Legal Service successfully tender for Metropolitan Family Violence Prevention Legal Service  

Southern Aboriginal Corporation is delighted to have partnered with Aboriginal Family Legal Service to successfully tender for the Metropolitan Family Violence Prevention Legal Service. The Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations will join together to bring Aboriginal controlled legal assistance and related non-legal support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and men who are experiencing or recovering from family violence or sexual assault in the Perth Metropolitan Area.  

Asha Bhat, CEO of Southern Aboriginal Corporation, said that with a combined 23 years’ experience providing Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in Western Australia, Southern Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal Family Legal Service were best placed to deliver a client centred, culturally secure and trauma informed service system for Aboriginal victims of violence in the Perth Metropolitan Area:  

“SAC and AFLS have been delivering Family Violence Prevention Legal Services to Aboriginal people for more than two decades, across nine regional areas and to over twenty-five different Aboriginal language groups. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring our unique expertise to the Perth Metropolitan Area, where we will work hard to support local Aboriginal families and communities to be safe, strong, healthy and resilient.”  

Ms Bhat said that the success of the joint tender was going to be critical to increasing the accessibility of the justice system for Aboriginal people in and around the Perth Metropolitan Area, noting the barriers created when non-Aboriginal organisations were funded to deliver services to Aboriginal people:  

“Aboriginal people experience family violence differently, which is what makes the accessibility of Aboriginal controlled services, which know the history of their local communities and understand how they have been impacted by colonisation, dispossession and discrimination, so important. With a Board of Directors comprised entirely of Noongar Elders, I am confident that Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s leadership of this new Metropolitan Family Violence Prevention Legal Service will deliver the best possible outcomes for the local Aboriginal community. With the existing reach of Southern Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal Family Legal Service across the state, it also means that we will be able to continue to support our clients should they move from the Perth Metropolitan Area.”  

Ms Bhat said Southern Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal Family Legal Service look forward to building and sustaining relationships with Aboriginal communities, stakeholders and service providers in the Perth Metropolitan Area.  

To see the Attorney General’s Media Statement on the award of the Government tender, use this link: Media Statements – Aboriginal partners to provide Perth family violence legal service  

Registrations are open to join the Western Australian legal community for the annual Law Access Walk for Justice, now in its seventh year. The Honourable Peter Quinlan, Chief Justice of Western Australia, will lead the walk, joined by members of the judiciary and leaders in the profession. You are invited to walk with us to celebrate the pro bono contribution of the legal profession.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

Time: 7:30am start, event concludes between 8:30 and 9:00am

Location: Meet at The Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay for a 4.4km walk along the CBD foreshore

1. Register at  https://www.mycause.com.au/events/lawaccesswalkforjustice2022

  • Registration: You can register on your own or as a team.

2. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to support access to justice in WA by sponsoring you.

  • You will be provided with your own fundraising profile when you register so you can share it far and wide.

3. Enjoy the walk!

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We are still providing legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence in regional Western Australia amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But our procedures have changed to keep everyone healthy and safe.
From Monday 18 May our Doors will be open for face to face appointments.

Welcome

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of family and sexual violence through community education, early intervention and legal advocacy.

Services

We provide legal and support services for all Aboriginal people who have experienced family violence or sexual assault.

Family Law

We can assist people with their family law matters when there are children involved. We represent clients in the Family Court WA, and help clients work out parenting agreements. We focus on what is best for the children.

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Child Protection

We assist people dealing with the Department of Child Protection and Family Support in childcare and protection matters. We can help you to talk to the Department about children remaining safely in your care.

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Criminal Injury Compensation

Eligibility advice for criminal injuries compensation, including for injuries, medical expenses and lost income. We assist with applications, and helping to obtain documents such as medical reports.

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Family Violence Restraining Orders

We help people who have been hurt by partners or family members. We can assist in applications for Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVROs) and will apply to the Court for an interim restraining order.

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Non-Legal Support

We provide non-legal support and case management in the form of community education and engagement, crisis intervention and client referrals. We can advocate for clients, and help in safety planning for families.

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Social Support

Our social workers provide culturally-safe and trauma-informed approaches. They help clients through the demands of their legal process, develop safety strategies, and build social and emotional wellbeing.

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“Thank you AFLS for your presentation to our nursing team. We continue to use your valuable resources and look forward to working with you again.”

ROBYN MACGREGORGOLDFIELDS MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT SERVICE
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We encourage all Aboriginal people concerned about Family Violence to join our organisation. Our members are drawn from the six regions in which we operate, and also include Perth. You need to be at least 18 years of age to become a member.

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Violence within Aboriginal communities against women, children and men has increased to alarming levels. The Ochre Ribbon Campaign highlights the need to stop this violence, and works to strengthen advances in prevention initiatives from other agencies and campaigns.

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