National Women’s Summit calls for dedicated National Safety Plan for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been crystal clear at the National Women’s Safety Summit: we need a standalone National action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. We call on the state, territory and Commonwealth governments to hand the reigns back to First Nations women and the life-saving services that we deliver  in our communities.

We were excluded from the National Women’s Summit, and only secured a seat at the table after a public campaign to have our voices heard. It is our firm view that any national plan that does not include the voices, experiences and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is destined to fail.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were absolutely clear at the Women’s Summit: if we are serious about ending violence against First Nations women and children, we need a dedicated National Safety Plan, written for us and by us. The previous national plan has failed our women. Business as usual will not cut it. We urge the government to listen to the calls of frontline service providers, victim-survivors, advocates and academics to give the power back to First Nations women and organisations to make decisions about our own lives and safety.” 
 Wynetta Dewis
Co-Chair of the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum
We stand with Change the Record in calling on the state, territory and Commonwealth governments to hand the reigns back to First Nations women and the life-saving services that we deliver in our communities, and commit to a National Safety Plan FOR and BY First Nations women. 
Our Key Calls:

  1. Establish a National Plan to eliminate family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children
  2. Increase investment into early intervention and prevention and ensure First Nations women have equal access to support whether they live in the city, towns or bush.
  3. Increase investment into family violence prevention and legal services to match demand and geographical spread, and fund our peak body the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum
  4. End the threat of child removals and establish a nationally consistent, mandatory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children protection notification and referral system to keep families together
  5. Expand victim-survivor choice and control through expanded pathways for support and accountability beyond police and criminal courts, including referral to FVPLSs.
  6. Increase affordable housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children who are too often unable to leave dangerous situations due to a lack of housing
  7. At all stages in developing policy responses that affect First Nations women and children, prioritise the expertise and solutions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and services.
  8. Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s economic security by abolishing ParentsNext and other punitive programs that drive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially women, deeper into poverty
  9. Stop criminalising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and recognise that Family violence is both a cause and consequence of growing incarceration rates
  10. At all stages in developing policy responses that affect First Nations women and children, prioritise the expertise and solutions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and services.
Your donation can make a big difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children experiencing or at risk of family violence.

To donate, visit the webpages or directly contact via email below:

New South Wales

Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service www.binaalbilla.com.au
Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Legal Service www.gurehlgam.com.au/mrfvpls/
Thiyama-li Family Violence Service Inc thiyamali.com.au
Warra-Warra Family Violence Prevention Legal Service  www.farwestclc.org.au

Northern Territory

Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit www.caaflu.com.au
North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service www.naafls.com.au
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Domestic and Family Violence Service www.npywc.org.au/what-we-do/domestic-and-family-violence/

Queensland

Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland tabatha.young@aflssq.org.au
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service www.qifvls.com.au

South Australia

Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation www.fvlsac.org.au

Victoria

Djirra http://givenow.com.au/fvpls

Western Australia

Aboriginal Family Legal Services WA https://www.afls.org.au/
Marninwarnitkura Family Violence Prevention Unit WA mwrc.com.au/pages/legal-services#
Southern Aboriginal Corporation Family Violence Prevention Legal Service www.sacorp.com.au/fvpls