As survivors, we know what could have helped us, we know what hurt us.

Efforts to protect children from abuse which do not centre the wisdom of people who were abused as children themselves are fundamentally limited in their effectiveness.

‘Emma’s Project’ was always the temporary name for a much more collective effort for the protection of children, guided by the shared wisdom of survivors of sexual abuse during childhood.

After having read every single word from every single person who responded to the survey – three times over – ACF have a roadmap forward.

It is with pride that ACF share their survivor-renamed Our Collective Experience Project, and our first report from it: Hear us now, act now.

We encourage you to download, read and share this report with people you know who may be interested in the protection of children. The content of the report which includes extensive quotes from survivors is very powerful.

But also be aware that it may affect you as you read it. Seek out support if you find that it makes you feel distressed or upset. There are helplines in the report itself.

Read report here

Djirra and Safe and Equal are working to support a culturally responsive and accountable specialist family violence sector. We want to hear from mob your views on non-Aboriginal family violence services, how they can support Aboriginal people’s choices and culture and be accountable to community.  

Your time is valuable and you will be offered $100 for your participation. 

More information here

Call or text Anna 0447 404 334 or email [email protected]

Do you work in the Victorian family violence services system? Safe and Equal together with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre are conducting a stocktake of client feedback processes used in family violence services.

Click here to complete the anonymous survey

While much national and international literature recognises the intersections
of family violence and sexual harm, there is as yet little research and policy within Australia generally, or within Victoria, that addresses the co-occurrence of family violence and sexual harm experienced by adult victim survivors.

This research conducted by RMIT begins to address this important evidence gap. It seeks to expand the knowledge base with respect to both the nature of victim survivor experiences of co-occurring family violence and sexual harm, as well as supporting improvement in effective service delivery within the family violence and sexual assault sectors.

Read full report here

No effective solutions can be developed without the people most affected by them.

Expressions of interest are now open for the Lived Experience Advisory council at The Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission.

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The Commission is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived or living experience of domestic, family and sexual violence to appoint up to twelve members to a national Lived Experience Advisory Council. The Advisory Council provides a national approach to engagement with people who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence to ensure the diverse lived experiences are informing policies and solutions. The Advisory Council will share advice with the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission to create and improve policy, systems and services and report on implementation and progress towards the objectives of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-23.

For information on how to apply, please visit the DFSVC website

Expressions of Interest close at 11.59pm AEST on Tuesday 26 September 2023.
Enquiries can be directed to [email protected]

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