Antoinette Braybrook is the CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria), a position she has held since the service was established 14 years ago. Under Antoinette’s leadership, FVPLS Victoria has grown from a one-staff member operation to a statewide service, with more than 30 employees located in four offices across Victoria.
In addition to Antoinette’s leadership of the FVPLS Victoria, she has been elected as the National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum). The National FVPLS Forum comprises of 14 organisations that deliver the family violence legal and non-legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault around Australia.
Antoinette is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette’s grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland. Antoinette graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University in 2000 and was admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria in 2004.
Antoinette received the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award. She was also awarded the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women’s 2015 Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Award in the category of Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in a Community or Organisation.
Antoinette is also a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum, Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum and Ministerial Advisory Panel on Family Violence. Antoinette is nationally recognised as a leader in efforts to prevent violence against Aboriginal women and children. She is a highly regarded public speaker, who seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal victims/survivors of violence.