The headings below outline the phases of change to achieve our collective vision of transforming the family violence and sexual assault system.
Note: FSV is currently in Phase Two of this work. The phases are not mutually exclusive, and we are building on phases One and Two to arrive at Phase Three.
Introducing lived experience of family violence into government
Key elements which contributed to Phase One included:
- individual storytelling
- establishment of Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council
- changing perceptions about family violence
- gathering evidence
- understanding the value of lived experience.
Learning from practice and testing new approaches
Phase Two has focused on the following elements:
- a focus on expanding government’s engagement with people with lived experience
- learning from and strengthening the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council model
- continuous improvement
- creating principles for best practice
- identifying and implementing cultural change enablers (including strengthening workforce capacity and processes to support trauma-aware practice)
- increasing and broadening the reach of lived experience
- trialling and evaluating models to increase influence and decision making for people with lived experience within government
- learning and development opportunities for people with lived experience.
Shared decision making, leadership and influence
The third phase of our work together will be defined by the following elements:
- lived experience is part of standard operations across FSV
- sharing FSV’s lessons with government
- increased leadership of people with lived experience
- channels for shared influence and decision-making for people with lived experience
- develop guidance to ethically and safely incorporate lived experience of family violence within research
- develop sustainable ways of resourcing lived experience expertise in government and the community sector
- increased opportunities for people with lived experience to enter the professional workforce – in government and the community sector.