Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre - Women · Building · Belonging

Family Violence Prevention & Legal Unit (FVPLU)

Helping prevent family violence for a safer community and better future 

The Family Violence Prevention and Legal Unit (FVPLU) delivers culturally appropriate legal representation and non-legal holistic support services primarily in the area of safety, wellbeing and strengthening family capacity. The FVPLU works with women and communities to find solutions to effectively address the impact & challenges experienced by women & children in relation to domestic & family violence.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence & abuse occurs when a person physically or psychologically harms, threatens, dominates or controls another person, or attempts to do so.

 This includes:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Threats or intimidation
  • Emotional and social abuse
  • Financial abuse

Support

FVPLU can provide

  • Free confidential legal advice, support and representation in court for victims of family violence and/or sexual assault in legal matters including Restraining orders, Family Law, Child Protection and Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Assistance lodging applications for Criminal Injuries Compensation, Restraining Orders and Parenting Orders
  • Outreach services to communities
  • Referrals to other services for trauma, grief and relationship counselling
  • Legal education workshops
  • Community education workshops to increase the awareness of family violence in schools, community groups and with service providers
  • Support and workshops for family groups
  • Advocacy