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Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Liasion Service

Vicki Halpin

on 2 December 2010

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Why is it a problem??? Statistics Where can we refer for help? QIFVLS Where? Who? What else? How? Indigenous service visit Kate Gibson Vicki Stonehouse Queensland Indigenous Family
Violence Liasion Service 1 in 5 Indigenous people >15 years and over (21%) reported family violence Indigenous people living in remote areas were nearly three times more likely than those in non remote areas to report family violence More than 1/3 (36%) of Indigenous people who reported family violence as a community or neighbourhood problem had primary caring responsibility for a child aged 12 or less ABS:2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) LOVE 1 in 5 (20%) Indigenous people reported assault as a community or neighbourhood problem, while 8% reported sexual assault as a problem Mission Statement "Ensuring Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and Communities in Queensland are supported to live free from family violence and/or sexual assault" Team of professionals travel to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in QLD represent and support the victims of sexual and/or domestic abuse SHAME Indigenous people living in remote areas were almost 3 times more likely than non Indigenous living in non remote areas to report sexual assault (12% compared with 4%) and sexual assault (17% compared with 5%) as a community or neighbourhood problem. Funded by Federal Attorney General
Not for profit
Aligned with National Family Violence Prevention Program
Committed to assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are victims of family violence and/or sexual assault
Achieved by delivering cultrually appropriate and free legal, counselling and community education services LEGAL SERVICES:
Family Violence
Family Law
Criminal injuries and compensation
Sexual assault
Domestic violence
Victim support
Legal representation for victims of family violence FAMILY LAW:
Child protection
Refer to services e.g. family relationship centre
Writing of child safety letter
Giving legal advice
Writing applications COUNSELLING SERVICES:
Domestic & Family Violence
Childhood sexual assault
Adult sexual assault
Positive Parenting Program
Parenting Information Sessions
Sexual assault awareness
Domestic and Family violence awareness
Personal development HOW?
self referral
no waiting list
referral form
team travels to communities
don't have to be part of legal system to access Board consists of 6 Indigenous members and 3 professional members who are selected from an accounting, legal and allied health professional background
Board is supported by a Chief Executive Officer who provides leadership within the organisation and manages the services being delivered by each regional unit
Board meets every 3 months Also other services if required:
Emergency Accomodaton e.g. womens centre (Aitkenvale) or indigenous womens hostel Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Indigenous Population
Why is it a problem? Objectives:
find out more about services available to indegenous people regarding: legal aid, counselling services and education programs in regards to domestic and family violence
provisions and referral processes
access to remote communities
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