VALS relies on supporters and friends, particularly in relation to our community engagement activitiies, and funding expensive test cases that involve human rights. Your donation will support us in continuing this important work.
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Did you know?
One in four prisoners in Australia is Indigenous, even though Indigenous Australians make up just 2.5% of the population.
Indigenous women have the highest, and fastest growing imprisonment rate in Australia, despite the commonly non-violent nature of their offences, and the significant role of substance use in all women’s offending.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain one of the most profoundly disadvantaged groups in Australia, falling well below national benchmarks on virtually every measure of well-being and socio-economic status.
These facts and figures are distressing, and their reasons for being, complex.
But you can help!
In 2018-19 alone, VALS assisted nearly 6000 clients. Not only that, we run major test cases, deliver early stage Community Legal Education in priority areas, undertake high level research and policy work, and deliver a vital 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 day a year support and referral service to Indigenous people in contact with the justice system. For nearly 50 years, we have been the peak body in this professional and cultural space.
We make a difference, and with your help, we can do so much more.