The federal government’s decision to defund the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS) is unjustified and must be immediately reversed.
The Federal Government’s decision to cease funding to the country’s only national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault removes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s voices from critical national conversations, about them, and about their lives.
As Phynea Clarke, Deputy Chair of the National FVPLS Forum stated “The Government’s decision is not only baseless and unjustified. It is an attack on our self-determination”.
We are currently in the midst of a family violence crisis, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of this type of violence.
It is vital that Aboriginal people, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and communities are adequately resourced, funded and empowered to make decisions about issues that impact them.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are vital to the national conversation on family violence and sexual assault and are critical to addressing family violence and creating stronger, more cohesive societies.
Women’s Health West urges the federal government to immediately reinstate the National FVPLS’ annual funding of $244,000.
They must ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have experienced family violence and sexual assault have a peak body where their stories and desires can be advocated for at a national level.
Sign the petition at https://fair-agenda.good.do/saveFVPLS.